The Yorkshire Derwent

The Yorkshire Derwent

Yorkshire Derwent

Yorkshire Derwent

The Yorkshire Derwent starts its course at Lilla Rig on the North Yorkshire moors 850 feet above sea level in or around  [54°21’51.71″N ] [0°38’1.24″W] just a mile east of Fylingdales moor where the famous RAF early warning golf balls use to stand , now replaced by what is called the Tetrahedron or known locally as the pyramid. It is to me ironic that something that is a child of the ice age should share the same beautiful area as the technological marvel of RAF fylingdale.

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Upper Derwent

The Yorkshire Derwent is 71 mile from start to the confluence with the ouse at Barmby on the marsh, and it is one of the most picturesque rivers in the UK.   The name Derwent is said to come from the old British name derua meaning [oak] and was first recorded by the venerable Bede in the year 730 meaning ‘the river where oaks are common.

 

The Yorkshire Derwent

Still in its infancy the The Yorkshire Derwent then flows easterly in the wild North Yorkshire moors, and after collecting the waters of  Jugger beck, Howe Beck, Black Beck, and Troutdale Beck it flows south through Broxa Forest and past the Hackness Hotel to the first settlement of Hackness and Wrench Green. After collecting the waters of Back Race it continues southwards towards the Sea Cut. [Before the last Ice age the river use to run to the sea through the sea cut] It was  re Dug along some of its course in 1804 to help alleviate flooding in the lower reaches of the Yorkshire Derwent,[ after the flood of the vales of Derwent and Hertford in 1799 ]  Towards the end of the ice age the glaciers retreated at different speeds, and with the thinner glaciers over the Moors melting more quickly than those over the modern North Sea,  the Derwent was unable to flow into the sea and a large lake built up to the north of the Tabular Hills. Eventually this lake overflowed the hills penning it in. The resulting flood carved out the Forge Valley.

 

The Yorkshire Derwent

kirkham

The River Derwent still flows down the Forge Valley, emerging from the moors between West and East Ayton [still only around four miles from the sea] then past the villages of seamer and wykeham onwards to the meet with the river Hertford  hear it turns its back to the sea and flows west across the Vale of Pickering. At one point the river ran into a massive lake that covered the vale, but the area has long since drained, Towards the end of this stretch at Low Marishes the River Rye flows into the Derwent, It brings with it the waters of every other river in the southern moors. After flowing through Norton-on-Derwent and Malton  the river skirts around the bottom of the Howardian Hills at Huttons Ambo Kirkham and Howsham , The ruin Kirkham priory stands aside the river and lower down at Howsham stand the 16th century Howsham Hall.

  

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Howsham wood by the river

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upper river view

The river flows past Scrayingham Buttercrambe and through stamford bridge past Kexby sutton upon Derwent bubwith breighton wressle and then on to Barmby on the marsh into the river ouse. The Ouse then flows east before merging with the Trent to form the Humber, and so the majority of rain that falls on the Moors eventually reached the sea just to the east of Kingston-upon-Hull. A few things have changed on this beautiful river namely barmby barrage built in 1975, at the confluence with the River Ouse. Before the barrage was built the tidal limit was at Sutton weir, the barrage was built to prevent the tidal waters of the river Ouse entering the Yorkshire Derwent the other notable issue with this beautiful river is with the navigation , very briefly it goes like this.

The Yorkshire Derwent

Buttercrambe weir

The Yorkshire Derwent has been the subject of one of the longest and hardest fought navigation disputes in the UK. In 1800 the Yorkshire Derwent was navigable as far as Foulbridge, although it was at Yedingham that was the accepted head of navigation. Today the navigation ends at Stamford Bridge, although there is some dispute about the stretch between Sutton Lock and Stamford Bridge.     blog post

 

The top section of navigation fell into disuse in 1846 when Malton weir was removed. so the river became unnavigable for some considerable years. The railway line to Scarborough had opened in 1845 and started taking traffic from the river. In 1855 the railway bought the navigation rights, raised the tolls and neglected maintenance of the locks. By the 1880s commercial trade had practically ceased on the Derwent.The occasional leisure motor boat ventured up to Stamford Bridge and a few smaller ones got up to Kirkham In 1931 Kirkham lock was closed and in 1934 all the others closed.

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by Howsham wood river Derwent

  

The River Derwent Navigation Act was revoked in 1935. They claimed that a new right of navigation had been created by 20 years of continuous use. Landowners and conservationists disputed both the idea that a navigation right could be created in this way, and the fact that 20 years of navigation had in fact occurred. In 1988 in a highly public trial Mr Justice Vinelott found and quite rightly in favour of the landowners that there was no public right of way. This was reversed in 1990 by the court of Appeal who agreed with the idea that 20 years use could create a navigation, but in 1991 even this point was reversed again by the Law Lords.

The Yorkshire Derwent

kirkham priory

 More recently A decision has been made to open the barrage at Barmby for 8 hours a day to let the salmon and sea trout run the river , alterations have been taking place on the rivers Weirs to let the fish navigate their way upstream , take a look at this news post http://riverangler.co.uk/h51f and its time we got fishing…….?   

The upper Derwent is controlled by the Derwent Anglers Club founded in 1839, a good standing club which is steeped in history the fishing is for ten miles on both banks upstream from Ayton up through the forge valley past Wrench Green and Hackness all the way upstream to waters meet.  their waters are looked after by a full time bailiff, Membership details on the website, apart from the very well run club and a river which is stocked regularly  [also resident brownies and Grayling] the fishing is in the splendor of The North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the Langdale Forest, wild fishing in picturesque settings. Take a peek at there new website Yorkshire Derwent 

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Derwent Anglers Club

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Derwent Anglers Club 54.289855, -0.514383 The Derwent Anglers Club is one of the oldest fishing clubs in the country the fishing is mainly for trout and grayling in the upper reaches of the Yorkshire Derwent see website for more details.  derwent anglers

Further Downstream at Yedingham there are tickets available from the Providence inn Yedingham [01944 728231] and Fishing at the Marishes available from Lendales farm on [01653 668220] 

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River Derwent Yedingham

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River Derwent Yedingham 54.200504, -0.630016  River Derwent – YedinghamTickets from Providence Inn, Yedingham – 01944 728231/728093

Malton and Norton Angling Club have waters on the Derwent  at Menethorpe and Norton,  across from menethorpe Huttons Ambo Angling Club have a good section of river on the right bank with Day tickets from the village shop. 

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kirkham on the Derwent

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kirkham on the Derwent 54.082357, -0.877952 River Derwent at Kirkham  http://riverangler.co.uk/yorkSome good fishing and long walks if you want them but easier than the Bradford Bank, picturesque Yorkshire especially above Kirkham. View at Kirkham

Downstream Bradford  http://riverangler.co.uk/bradford  and York http://riverangler.co.uk/york   have some great woodland fishing at Kirkham & Howsham and it is one of the most picturesque parts of the whole river Barbel show here at Howsham more often [although it must be said the Derwent isn’t a river noted for giving up its Barbel population lightly] That said they are there but seem to be very nomadic. 

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howsham

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howsham 54.067095, -0.865217                       Derwent  http://riverangler.co.uk/bradford     If you like the solitude and don\'t mind a long walk then Howsham on the Bradford water may be for you, Its hard going walking in the woods by the river and hard to find a place to fish but solitude peace and the chance of a big un ?Whenever ive fished this stretch above the weir towards kirkham I seldom see another soul. Barbel from below the bridge at Howsham on meat but they do roam the river, chub 2 or 3 hundred yards above the bridge on halibut pellet .. 

Buttercrambe chub

Buttercrambe chub

Buttercrambe further down at the Aldby Park water http://riverangler.co.uk/aldby  holds some huge fish .  Chub to 8 lbs 2oz, Grayling to 1 lb 10 oz, Barbel to 12lb 10 oz, Roach to 2 lb 2 oz   along with pike eels perch dace bream gudgeon ruffe even carp have all been reported. the water runs down to below the weir at Stamford Bridge some 6 miles of fishing in total . so something for everyone.  The club is very well run and has a good website , my river pb came from this stretch at 8lb 4 oz was an extremely welcome fish and for a Yorkshire Barbel something of a specimen. 

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Buttercrambe Yorkshire Derwent Aldby park angling

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Buttercrambe Yorkshire Derwent Aldby park angling 54.018108, -0.881653          Yorkshire Derwent Buttercrambe                                                           Would you like to fish one of the most picturesque rivers in the UK ?Aldby Park Angling Club membership available please contact phil jones        http://riverangler.co.uk/aldby                          apac_secretary@btinternet.com                                    Barbel chub roach perch eel pike carp grayling bream dace trout [brown rainbow] sea trout Some big fish have been caught from the Aldby park water,around 6 miles of the river Derwent to Stamford bridge    aldby park anglers river Derwent  

Further downstream york have a four mile stretch of the right bank all the way to Kexby that gets only lightly fished and is described on the York DAA website as natural fishing , Leeds have water above kexby bridge and around one mile below the bridge on the left bank. 

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River Derwent Kexby

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River Derwent Kexby 53.940068, -0.923557 Leeds and district water about a mile below kexby bridge and above bridge to the limit signs right bank , dace chub gudgeon perch ruffe pike occasional barbel and grayling  there are some very deep swims     Yorkshire Derwent eelhttp://riverangler.co.uk/leeds 

 The Yorkshire Derwent

York and Leeds jointly share a stretch of about one and a half mile of fishing above sutton weir The river is deep here and is renowned  for its late season roach fishing. Hull and District Anglers Association have water upstream of the weir on the left bank about one mile ending near the Elvington water treatment

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River Derwent sutton

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River Derwent sutton 53.920958, -0.921054 Hull have about one mile of left bank fishing from sutton bridge up to the water treatment works at Elvington  Known as a good winter fishery with Chub, Dace, Roach, Perch, Bream, Pike, Barbel present. http://riverangler.co.uk/hull
works. http://riverangler.co.uk/hull   Hull also have a stretch of water recently taken on, for one and a half miles below the weir at sutton.   Further downstream at Wheldrake there is some free fishing, At Breighton Hull have around three quarters of a mile of fishing on the left bank access is from gunby fishing for chub dace roach perch gudgeon and bream. 
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River Derwent Sutton

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River Derwent Sutton 53.911754, -0.931353 Hull and District Anglers Association have about one and a half miles of left bank fishing downstream of sutton weir  to south wood owned jointly with Leeds and District fishing for  chub, roach, perch, flatties, eels, bleak and the odd  barbel,    http://riverangler.co.uk/hull

further downstream at barmby there is free fishing for bream roach perch and gudgeon the water joins the ouse hear at barmby barrage  

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River Derwent Wressle

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River Derwent Wressle 53.767752, -0.927410 Hull have both banks of the Derwent hear from wressle to loftsome bridge [A63] fishing is for Chub, Dace, Roach, Perch, Gudgeon, Bream. http://riverangler.co.uk/hull

 

8 pound Yorkshire River Derwent Barbel

8 pound Yorkshire Derwent Barbel.

 

 

 

 

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