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River Irt


 

The River Irt is a river in the county of Cumbria in northern England. It flows for from the south-western end of Wast Water, the deepest lake in England, leaving the lake at the foot of Whin Rigg, the southern peak of the famous Wastwater Screes. The name of the river is believed to derive either from the Old English gyr which means "mud", or from the Brittonic words *ar, "flowing", or *īr, "fresh, clean, pure", suffixed with -ed, a nominal suffix meaning "having the quality of...".

The river forms at the confluence of Lingmell Beck and Mosedale Beck on Wasdale Head, which is on the north-western side of Scafell Pike. On its short journey to the coast, the Irt is crossed by the Cumbria Coastal Way long-distance footpath, at Drigg Holme packhorse bridge. The Irt flows through the Drigg Dunes and Irt Estuary Nature Reserve before joining the River Esk and River Mite at Ravenglass. The river is tidal up until the railway bridge that carries the Cumbrian Coast Line just south of railway station.

In the 19th century the River Irt was famous for the extremely rare black pearls that grew in its freshwater mussels. Poaching of the pearls was thought to have led to the mussels becoming extinct in the River Irt, however, a very small number have survived. The West Cumbria Rivers Trust carried out conservation work on the river between February 2015 and February 2018 to try and protect the habitat and prevent the complete eradication of the freshwater mussel from the river.

Settlements

  • Nether Wasdale
  • Santon Bridge
  • Holmrook
  • Drigg
  • Ravenglass

Tributaries

  • Greathall Beck
  • Cinderdale Beck
  • Black Beck
  • Kid Beck
  • River Bleng
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River Irt from Santon Bridge

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Holme Bridge across the River Irt

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River Irt

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Ravenglass

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River Irt upstream of Bleng confluence

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River Irt (downsteam of Bleng confluence)

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Nether Wasdale
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Nether Wasdale
- Overview About Nether Wasdale Map   Nether Wasdale is a village in Cumbria, England, located in the Wasdale valley, near the River Irt and just over a mile to the ...
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Irton, Cumbria
- Overview Map Street View Irton is a hamlet in the Copeland district of Cumbria, which includes Irton Hall and a few cottages. The settlement, situated by the River Irt, is ...
Ravenglass
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Ravenglass
- Overview About Ravenglass Map Street View Ravenglass is a coastal village in the Copeland district of Cumbria, located about 18 miles north-west of Barrow-in-Furness and 15 miles south-east of Whitehaven. ...

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