Rivers


Rivers have played an important role in shaping the development and identity of communities in the North East. Many settlements have grown up at locations near rivers, which provided essential water supplies, means of transport, fertile land and sometimes defensive positions or the best places for bridges (e.g. the Romans built the bridge Pons Aelius at Newcastle) and other river crossings. During the 19th century rivers were increasingly used for transporting coal; mined in the Durham coal fields and in Tyneside and brought by waggonways/railways and loaded onto ships from staiths above the rivers. Rivers played an important role in industrialisation (e.g. ship building on the Tyne and Wear; and iron and steel making by the Tees).  

River Jargon:

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Source - the beginning or start of a river.

Tributary - a stream or smaller river which joins a larger river.

Confluence - the place at which two rivers or streams join.

Mouth - the point where the river comes to the end (usually at the sea, sometimes a lake).

Drainage basin / catchment - the area of land drained by a river and all its tributaries.

Watershed - the edge of highland around a drainage basin. 

River channel - route through which a river flows outlined by its bed and banks. 

List of Rivers and Streams in the North East of England

Some of the rivers and streams in the North East of England. Not an exhaustive list!
Hint: type in the Search box (below) to filter. eg. type 'South Tyne' to see a river and its tributaries.

Water body Tributary to:
Aglionby Beck Black Burn > Hartley Burn > River South Tyne > River Tyne
Aldbrough Beck Clow Beck > River Tees
Annstead Burn North Sea
Arn Gill River Gaunless > River Wear
Ash Gill River South Tyne > River Tyne
Back Burn Cranecleugh Burn > Kielder Water > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Barrasford Burn River North Tyne > River Tyne
Barrow Burn River Coquet
Beamish Burn River Team > River Tyne
Bedburn Beck River Wear
Beldon Burn River DerwentRiver Tyne
Belford Burn Ross Low
Belling Burn River North TyneRiver Tyne
Benridge Burn River FontRiver Wansbeck
Berrington Burn North Low
Billingham Beck River Tees (estuary)
Binky Burn Cranecleugh Burn > Kielder WaterRiver North Tyne > River Tyne
Bishopton Beck Billingham BeckRiver Tees
Black Burn River Coquet
Black Burn Hartley Burn > River South TyneRiver Tyne
Blakehope Burn River Rede > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Blaydon Burn River Tyne
Bothal Burn River Wansbeck
Brackies Burn  River South Tyne > River Tyne
Brierdene Burn North Sea (at Whitley Bay)
Brierley Beck Billingham Beck > River Tees
Broughton Beck River Leven > River Tees
Bowlees Beck River Tees
Bowmont Water River Glen > River Till > River Tweed
Brunton Burn North Sea
Burnhope Burn River Derwent > River Tyne
Burnhope Burn River Wear
Callaly Burn River Aln
Carr's Burn River West Allen > River Allen > River Tyne
Causey Burn Beamish Burn > River Team > River Tyne
Cawledge Burn River Aln
Chevington Burn/Steads Burn River Lyne
Chirdon Burn River North Tyne > River Tyne
Chirton Burn River Tyne
Claxton Beck North Beck > River Tees
Clow Beck River Tees
Coal Burn Eglingham Burn > Shipley Burn > River Aln
Coe Burn River Aln
Coldcoats Burn River Pont > River Blyth
College Burn River Glen > River TillRiver Tweed
Cor Burn River Tyne
Cottonshope Burn River Rede > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Cowbridge Beck North Burn > River Tees
Cowclose Burn River Font > River Wansbeck
Cranecleugh Burn Kielder WaterRiver North Tyne > River Tyne
Crimdon Beck North Sea (at Crimdon)
Crook Burn Simon Burn > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Cross Gill River South Tyne > River Tyne
Crow Gill River Deerness > River Browney > River Wear
Croxdale Beck River Wear
Cuddy Burn River Deerness > River BrowneyRiver Wear
Darden Burn River South Tyne > River Tyne
Dargues Burn River Rede > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Deadwater Burn Bakethin Resevoir > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Deepdale Beck River Tees
Delf Burn Hart Burn > River Wansbeck
Dene Beck River SkerneRiver Tees
Devils Water River Tyne
Duddo Burn River Blyth
Durtrees Burn  River Rede > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Edlingham Burn River Aln
Eggleston Burn River Tees
Eglingham Burn Shipley Burn > River Aln
Eller Beck River GretaRiver Tees
Elsdon Burn River Rede > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Elwick Burn North Sea (at Budle Bay)
Embleton Burn North Sea (at Embleton)
Erring Burn River North TyneRiver Tyne
Ewesley Burn River Font > River Wansbeck
Fenham Burn North Sea
Fenwick Burn River Pont > River Blyth
Fletchlaw Burn Houxty Burn > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Forest Burn River Coquet
Foxton Burn Wreigh BurnRiver Coquet
Garrigill Burn River South Tyne > River Tyne
Gilderdale Burn River South Tyne > River Tyne
Gill Beck River GretaRiver Tees
Grasslees Burn River Coquet
Grange Beck River LevenRiver Tees
Great Eggleshope Beck  Eggleston Burn > River Tees
Greatham Beck River Tees (estuary)
Gunnerton Burn River North TyneRiver Tyne
Haltwhistle Burn River South TyneRiver Tyne
Hartley Burn River South Tyne > River Tyne
Hazon Burn River Coquet
Hareshaw Burn River North Tyne > River Tyne
Hart Beck North Sea (at Hartlepool)
Hart Burn River Wandsbeck
Harwood Beck River Tees
Hedleyhope Burn River Deerness > River BrowneyRiver Wear
Hetton Burn River TillRiver Tweed
Hepscott Burn / Sleek Burn River Blyth (estuary)
Hindon Beck River GaunlessRiver Wear
Hip Burn River Aln (estuary)
Holburn Beck River Deerness > River BrowneyRiver Wear
Holystone Burn River Coquet
Honeycrook Burn River South Tyne > River Tyne
Horsleyhope Burn River Derwent > River Tyne
Houxty Burn River North Tyne > River Tyne
How Burn River Blyth
Hudeshope Beck River Tees
Humble Burn Cranecleugh BurnRiver North Tyne > River Tyne
Hummer Beck River GaunlessRiver Wear
Kellah Burn River South Tyne > River Tyne
Kilton Beck North Sea
Killhope Burn River Wear
Knar Burn River South Tyne > River Tyne
Langley Beck River Tees
Lewis Burn River North Tyne > River Tyne
Akenshaw Burn Lewis Burn > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Lilburn Burn River TillRiver Tweed
Lisles Burn River Rede > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Little Burn (Blackies Valley - culverted) OuseburnRiver Tyne
Little Cranecleugh Burn Cranecleugh Burn > Kielder WaterRiver North Tyne > River Tyne
Little Eggleshope Beck Eggleston Beck > River Tees
Little Wickhope Burn Kielder WaterRiver North Tyne > River Tyne
Long Grain River Lune > River Tees
Long Nanny North Sea (near Beadnell)
Longdike Burn River Coquet
Lort Burn (culverted) River Tyne
Lustrum Beck River Tees
Maize Beck River Tees
March Burn River Tyne
Marton West Beck River Tees (estuary)
Mary Wild Beck Clow Beck > River Tees
Med Burn River Pont > River Blyth
Middle Burn  River North Tyne > River Tyne
Middle Gill Beck  Kilton Beck
Mill Beck Kilton Beck
Miller Burn River Rede > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Neasham Stell River Tees
Netherton Burn Wreigh BurnRiver Coquet
New Burn River Tyne
Newbrough Burn River South Tyne > River Tyne
Newlands Burn Warren Burn
Nishaw Burn Back BurnCranecleugh Burn > Kielder Water > River North Tyne
Nookton Burn River Derwent > River Tyne
North Beck River Tees
North Low North Sea
Ogle Burn River Blyth
Ouseburn River Tyne
Otter Burn River Rede > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Pan Burn (culverted) River BrowneyRiver Wear
Pandon Burn River Tyne
Park Burn River South Tyne > River Tyne
Percy Beck River Tees
Piercebridge Beck River Tees
Plashetts Burn River North Tyne > River Tyne
Pont Burn River Derwent > River Tyne
Potto Beck River LevenRiver Tees
Pow Burn River Tyne
Ray Burn River Wansbeck
Red Burn River Deerness > River BrowneyRiver Wear
Red Burn River Tyne
Rennington Burn North Sea
Ridge End Burn River North Tyne > River Tyne
Ridlees Burn River Coquet
River Allen River South TyneRiver Tyne
River Aln North Sea (at Alnmouth)
River Alwin River Coquet
River Balder River Tees
River Blyth North Sea (at Blyth)
River Breamish (upper River Till) River Tweed
River Browney River Wear
River Coquet North Sea (at Amble)
River Deerness River BrowneyRiver Wear
River Derwent (Tyneside) River Tyne
River Don (Tyneside) River Tyne
River East Allen River Allen > River South TyneRiver Tyne
River Font River Wansbeck
River Gaunless River Wear
River Glen River TillRiver Tweed
River Greta River Tees
River Leven River Tees
River Lune River Tees
River Lyne (Lyne Water) River Tweed
River Nent (Cumbria) River South Tyne > River Tyne
River North Tyne River Tyne
River Pont River Blyth
River Rede River North TyneRiver Tyne
River Skerne River Tees
River South Tyne River Tyne
River Tame River Leven >River Tees
River Team River Tyne
River Tees North Sea
River Till River Tweed
River Tyne North Sea (at Tynemouth / South Shields)
River Wansbeck North Sea (near Newbiggin-by-the-Sea)
River Wear North Sea (at Sunderland)
River West Allen River Allen > River South TyneRiver Tyne
Rookhope Burn River Wear
Rowley Burn River Deerness > River BrowneyRiver Wear
Rowley Burn Devil's Water > River Tyne
Rushyford Beck Woodham Burn > River Skerne > River Tees
Saltburn Gill North Sea
Saltergill Beck River Tees
Scrainwood Burn Wreigh Burn > River Coquet
Seaton Burn North Sea
Scaup Burn River North Tyne > River Tyne
Shipley Burn River Aln
Sills Burn River Rede > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Simon Burn River North TyneRiver Tyne
Skelton Beck North Sea (at Saltburn)
Skinner Burn River Tyne
Sleek Burn / Hepscott Burn River Blyth (estuary)
Sleightholme Beck River Tees
Smallhope Burn River BrowneyRiver Wear
Smales Burn River North Tyne > River Tyne
Smallhope/Hunter's Burn  Tarset Burn > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Soulgill Beck Selset Reservoir > River Tees
South Low North Sea
Spa Beck River Tees (estuary)
Stainsby Beck River Tees
Stanley Beck River Deerness > River BrowneyRiver Wear
Stanley Burn River Tyne
Steads Burn/Chevington Burn River Lyne
Stocksfield Burn River Tyne
Sudburn Beck River Tees
Swarland Burn River Coquet
Tarret Burn Tarset Burn > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Tarset Burn River North TyneRiver Tyne
Tipalt Burn River South TyneRiver Tyne
The Carrs River Skerne > River Tees
Thinthorpe Burn River South Tyne > River Tyne
Todd Burn River Coquet
Trout Beck River Tees
Tyelaw Burn River Coquet
Upper Cocker Beck  River SkerneRiver Tees
Usway Burn  River Coquet
Wallsend Burn River Tyne
Warks Burn Middle Burn > River North Tyne > River Tyne
Waren Burn North Sea
Wellhope Burn River West Allen > River Allen > River Tyne
West Dipton Burn  River Tyne
Whittle Burn River Tyne
Wind Burn River RedeRiver North Tyne > River Tyne
Wreigh Burn River Coquet
Woodham Burn  River Skerne > River Tees
Wooler Water River TillRiver Tweed
Rivers in Cumbria
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