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Rivers are very short in the Lake District Peninsulas, except fot the one forming the western boundary - the River Duddon.


RIVER LEVEN - The Leven flows out of Lake Windermere at Newby Bridge and makes a short journey of little more than three miles to the estuary at Haverthwaite. It carries a vast quantity of water collected from an enormous catchment area that feeds Easedale and Loughrigg tarns and the lakes of Grasmere, Rydal, Elterwater and Windermere. One source claims the volumes are so vast it takes nine months for the water to flow from Waterhead at the head of Windermere to Newby Bridge. There are several weirs along the short length of the river that were constructed to provide a source of power for the Corn Mill, Blast Furnace and Gunpowder works. There is a specially constructed salmon leap alongside this weir at Newby Bridge - October is the key month for leaping Salmon. After heavy rain the level may rise several feet:-
RIVER LEVEN - NEWBY BRIDGE WEIR The same scene as above but in autumn after heavy rain!
RIVER BRATHAY - The Brathay flows out of Elterwater and travels the few miles past Skelwith Bridge to join Lake Windermere at Ambleside. It formed the northern boundary of the old county of Lancashire. A good path from Elterwater to Skelwith affords splendid views at all times of the year.
STEPPING STONES, TORVER BECK - The River Duddon has several sets of stepping stones, otherwise they are not common in the area. Torver Beck begins life in Goat's Water and the Cumbria Way crosses it on these stones just above Sunny Bank (where the beck joins Coniston Water). However most people sensibly use the wooden footbridge nearby! Upstream there are attractive cascades just above Mill Bridge.
RIVER CRAKE - Flows the short distance from Coniston Water to Greenodd. It is hard to imagine that Penny Bridge was once an important crossing on the turnpike road from Levens to Ulverston and a busy quay, used to import and export many goods (and allegedly slaves from the West Indian trade). The slate quay can still be picked out on the far bank where the small tree stands. The final stretch of the river from Penny Bridge to Greenodd was "straightened" to facilitate the arrival of boats.
RIVER WINSTER - Forming the eastern boundary of the old county of Lancashire the River Winster slowly anmbles its way into Morecambe Bay. Unlike the faster flowing Crake and Leven this water moves through the limestone countryside rather like a southern chalk river - slowly enough for the Yellow Water-lilies seen here to take hold!
RIVER CRAKE - ALLAN TARN Just as the Crake starts its journey from the southern end of Coniston Water it broadens out into a reed-lined tarn. These lowland "river" tarns are unusual in Cumbria (another is found on the river Winster, the little known Helton Tarn). It was the model for Arthur Ransom's "Octopus Lagoon". Unfortunately there is no public access to it and it must be viewed from a distance from the slopes of Brock End above Nibthwaite. Lowick Common forms the background hill.