River Wansbeck


The Wansbeck is a river in Northumberland, which rises above Sweethope Lough on the edge of Forelaws Forest and discharges into the North Sea at Sandy Bay near Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. Settlements by the river include:

The River Wansbeck runs through the county of Northumberland, England. It rises above Sweethope Lough on the edge of Forelaws Forest in the area known locally as The Wanneys (Great Wanney Crag, Little Wanney Crag; thus the "Wanneys Beck"); runs through the town of Ashington before discharging into the North Sea at Sandy Bay near Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

The River flows through the village of Kirkwhelpington, the town of Morpeth, and the village of Mitford, where it is joined by a small tributary, the River Font.

The River Wansbeck is nicknamed the River Wanney. The term 'The Wilds of Wanney' is used by people of Tyneside to refer to the rural areas of Northumberland where the Wansbeck rises.

The River lent its name to the former Wansbeck district which was based in Ashington, and included Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Bedlington and Stakeford.

Barrage and Navigation

Between 1974-75, a £250,000 barrage with a navigation lock was built near the rivermouth and adjacent to the A189 road bridge. In so doing the lower three miles of river became a country park and are recognised as England's most northerly inland (locked) navigation. Very little use of the lock has actually been recorded although rowing and sailing craft are launched and used in the country park.

Stakeford bridge is about midway in the navigable part. Sheepwash Bridge is near the upper limit of the park and the navigable water.

From 1985 the new navigation was officially recorded in The Inland Waterways of Great Britain noting that the navigation authority was then Wansbeck District Council, which means that since 2009 Northumberland County hold that role.

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River Wansbeck, the Telford Bridge, and St. George's United Reformed Church, Morpeth

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Morpeth floods - five years on

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Morpeth Floods 2008
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Morpeth Floods 2008
- Following a period of sustained heavy rain the River Wansbeck burst its banks and overwhelmed the flood defences in Morpeth on the 6th of September 2008. Over 400 people had ...
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Homes along River Wansbeck, Morpeth

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Footbridge over River Wansbeck

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Morpeth
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Morpeth
- Overview About Morpeth Map Street View The county town of Northumberland. Help build the Morpeth Timeline Morpeth is a town in the north-east of England, lying on the River Wansbeck. ...
Ashington
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Ashington
- Overview History Map Street View   Early history The name Ashington possibly originates from Essendene which has been referenced since 1170, but may instead have originated from Æsc, a Saxon ...
Cambois
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Cambois
- Overview About Cambois Map Street View Cambios is a former mining village near Blyth in Northumberland. It grew with the establishement of Cambios Colliery in the mid 19th century. However, ...
Kirkwhelpington
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Kirkwhelpington
- Overview About Kirkwhelpington Map Street View   Kirkwhelpington is a village and civil parish in the English county of Northumberland about 13 miles northeast of Hexham. It is on the ...
Bothal
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Bothal
- Overview About Bothal Map Street View Bothal is a village in Northumberland, located near the River Wansbeck between Morpeth and Ashington. Historic buildings include Bothal Castle and the 12th century ...
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Stepping Stones, Bothal

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Bridge and River near Bothal Castle, near Morpeth, Northumberland

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Stakeford Bridge

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Stakeford River Wansbeck

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Telford Bridge, Morpeth
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Telford Bridge, Morpeth
- Overview Map Street View Telford Bridge (aka 'New Bridge') in Morpeth was built 1829 - 1831 by Thomas Telford.[1] The stone bridge carries the A192 road over the River Wansbeck. ...
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Telford Bridge, Morpeth

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Elliott Bridge, Morpeth
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Elliott Bridge, Morpeth
- Elliott Bridge is a pedestrian footbridge over the River Wansbeck joining Morpeth town centre to Carlisle Park. The bridge was built in 1982, replacing the original Elliott Bridge of 1924, ...
Guide Post, Northumberland
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Guide Post, Northumberland
- Overview About Guide Post Map Street View   Guide Post is a village in south east Northumberland, England, about 17 miles (27 km) north of Newcastle upon Tyne. It lies ...
Road Bridge, Sheepwash
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Road Bridge, Sheepwash
- Overview Map Street View The bridge at Sheepwash carries the A1068 road over the River Wansbeck. It was built in 1920 to replace a stone bridge damaged by floods in ...
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Wansbeck Riverside Country Park

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Hart Burn (river)
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Hart Burn (river)
- Hart Burn is a tributary of the River Wandsbeck, which gives its name to the village of Hartburn in Northumberland. Hart Burn forms at the confluence of Burky Burn and Ottercops ...
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River level - River Wansbeck at Middleton Bridge

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Foss Bridge, Mitford
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Foss Bridge, Mitford
- Foss Bridge is a mid 18th century stone bridge over the River Wansbeck at Mitford, near Mitford Castle (sometimes caled "Wansbeck Bridge"). The bridge is Grade II listed.[1]
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Walkmill Ford

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Walkmill Ford

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Sweethope, Northumberland
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Sweethope, Northumberland
- Overview About Sweethope Loughs Map Sweethope was recorded as a manor and village in the 13th century, once with defences, and 6 houses noted in the 17th century.[1] Sweethope was ...
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The infant River Wansbeck

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Wansbeck Viaduct on the Blyth and Tyne line

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