River Wansbeck


River Wansbeck

The River Wansbeck runs through the Borough of Castle Morpeth and the Wansbeck district in the county of Northumberland, England. It rises above Sweethope Lough on the edge of Forelaws Forest in the area known locally as The Wanneys (Great Wanney Crag, Little Wanney Crag; thus the "Wanneys Beck"), runs through the town of Ashington before discharging into the North Sea at Sandy Bay near Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

The River flows through the village of Kirkwhelpington, the town of Morpeth, and the village of Mitford, where it is joined by a small tributary, the River Font.

The River Wansbeck is nicknamed the River Wanney. The term 'The Wilds of Wanney' is used by people of Tyneside to refer to the rural areas of Northumberland where the Wansbeck rises.

The River lends its name to the Wansbeck district which is based in Ashington, and includes Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Bedlington and Stakeford.

ee also

*Rivers of the United Kingdom


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