River Tillingbourne

River Tillingbourne

:"The river is sometimes called the Tilling Bourne."

The River Tillingbourne runs along the south side of the North Downs joining the River Wey at Guildford. Its source is near Tilling Springs to the north of Leith Hill at gbmapping|TQ143437 and it runs through Friday Street, Abinger Hammer, Gomshall, Shere, Albury, Chilworth and Shalford. The source is a semi-natural uninhabited area. The catchment is situated on sandstone which has a low rate of weathering. [ [http://www.dti.gov.uk/files/file21719.pdf Tillingbourne Acidification Study] ]

The river used to power a number of gunpowder, paper and corn mills in the area. [ [http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/sccwebsite/sccwspages.nsf/LookupWebPagesByTITLE_RTF/Tillingbourne+at+work?opendocument Surrey County Council Walk] ] The gunpowder mill was at Chilworth. Present day users include a trout farm, watercress beds and a business growing reeds. [ [http://www.sayers-croft.org.uk/geography_gcse.htm Field work] ]

The River Tillingbourne supports a healthy fish population of both wild brown trout and coarse fish. The Environment Agency has been working with local fisherman to improve the habitat for these fish by recreating a pool and riffle habitat and by cutting back overhanging vegetation. [ [http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/regions/thames/1366613/1370524/1370554/?version=1&lang=_e Environment Agency] ]


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