- River Derwent, Derbyshire
name = River Derwent
image_caption = The River Derwent, just south of Duffield
country = England
region = Derbyshire
region_type = Counties
length = 80
Bleakloweast of Glossop
mouth_location = confluence with
River Westend, River Ashop
River Noe, River Wye
:"For other rivers called Derwent, see
The Derwent is a
riverin the countyof Derbyshire, England. It is 50 miles (80 km) long and is a tributaryof the River Trentwhich it joins south of Derby.
It rises in the
Peak Districtat Bleaklowjust east of Glossopand flows through the Upper Derwent Valleywith its three reservoirs, the Howden Reservoir, Derwent Reservoir and Ladybower Reservoir. It then passes through Bamford, Hathersage, Grindlefordand Baslow, and through the ChatsworthPark estate, and it is joined by the River Wye. After passing through Darley Dale, the Derwent reaches Matlock, before flowing past Cromfordand through the Crich Chase Nature Reserve. The River Derwent supplies Carsington Reservoirindirectly, with the water pumped from the river at Ambergate Pumping Station in times of high flow, and then released when flows are low via the same 6.5 mile (10.5km) of tunnels and aqueducts built by Severn Trent Water. This allows greater abstraction rates upstream in the drier summer months. [http://www.moretoexperience.co.uk/server.php?show=nav.6019] The river ends at Derwent Mouth, convert|1|mi|km|sing=on east of Shardlow, where it flows into the River Trent.
The river was used to power many
cottonmills in the Derwent Valley Millsarea around Matlock and Cromford.
It is the habitat for many different animals such as otters and fish.
It also provides the name for the oldest
field hockeyclub in Derbyshire. Derwent Hockey Club, established in 1897, played its matches on the banks of the Derwent in Darley Dale, before locating to Wirksworth.
The name "Derwent" is CelticFact|date=May 2008 and means "a valley thick with oaks"Fact|date=May 2008.
List of rivers of England
Rivers of the United Kingdom
* [http://www.stwater.co.uk/server.php?show=nav.5606 Severn Trent Web Site]
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