River Rother, South Yorkshire

River Rother, South Yorkshire

Infobox River
river_name = River Rother

caption = the river at Staveley
origin = Pilsley
mouth = River Don
basin_countries = England
length =
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The River Rother is a river in the northern midlands of England, after which the town of Rotherham and the Rother Valley parliamentary constituency are named.

Its source is at Pilsley near Clay Cross in Derbyshire, and from there it flows northwards through North Wingfield, Danesmoor, Chesterfield, New Whittington, Old Whittington, Staveley, Renishaw, Eckington, Killamarsh, Beighton, Woodhouse, Catcliffe and Treeton to its confluence with the River Don at Rotherham. Its main tributaries are the River Drone, the River Hipper and the River Doe Lea.

Some sections of the river were highly polluted, so much so that when the Rother Valley Country Park was being created around the section north of Killamarsh and east of Beighton, water from a cleaner source was brought in to feed the park's lakes. The recent closures of industry and the work of the Environment Agency has improved the quality of the river Rother. The watercourse now holds a good head of coarse fish, and angling clubs are springing up along its length.

The planned Rother Link canal will use part of the river to connect the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation to the Chesterfield Canal.

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