- River Wharfe
Infobox River | river_name = River Wharfe
caption = Linton Falls, on the upper Wharfe near
origin = Beckermonds,
mouth = River Ouse at Wharfe's Mouth, near Cawood
length = 97 km (60 mi)
elevation = 305 m (1150 ft)
watershed = The River Wharfe is a
riverin Yorkshire, England. For much of its length it is the countyboundary between West Yorkshireand North Yorkshire. The name "Wharfe" is Celtic and means "twisting, winding".
The valley of the River Wharfe is known as
Wharfedale. Its source is at Langstrothdale Chasein the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and flows through Kettlewell, Grassington, Bolton Abbey, Addingham, Ilkley, Burley in Wharfedale, Otley, Wetherby, Tadcaster, then flows into the River Ouse near Cawood. The section of the river from its source to around Addingham is known as "Upper Wharfedale" and has a very different character to the river downstream.
The Wharfe has a reputation of being very dangerous, in that many people have drowned while swimming in it.
The river is approximately 97km long before it joins the River Ouse [John Ayto and Ian Crofton, "Brewer's Britain & Ireland", Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.] .
The River Wharfe is a public navigation from the weir at Tadcaster to its junction with the River Ouse near Cawood. The Wharfe is tidal from
Slightly north of
Bolton Abbeyis The Strid, a point at which the whole river is channelled through a narrow gorge. At its narrowest, it is less than two metres across at the surface. The gap looks eminently jumpable but this is deceptive due to the fact that many of the ledges on the sides are at different heights and are often very slippery. Barry and Lyn Collett, a couple on their honeymoon, drowned here in August 1998 and their bodies were not recovered for several weeks [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/217851.stm BBC News | UK | Honeymooners' death a mystery ] ] . Scottish throne hopeful The Boy of Egremont, immortalised in the Orkneyingaand in a poem by William Wordsworth, also drowned here in 1157 while attempting to leap across the gap on horseback [John Ayto and Ian Crofton, "Brewer's Britain & Ireland", Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.] . Fierce currents that run through this section drag down any hapless victim where they become trapped among the underwater ledges and the hollows carved by the rapids.
Burley in Wharfedale
Rivers of the United Kingdom
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