The River Wharfe flows from Beckermonds to Buckden and beyond. (If you missed out on the map that went out with my newsletter at the start of this series, send me a message and I’ll email a copy to you.)
At first its valley slopes down to the river bank, keeping the river in its channel and the channel fairly straight.
Further downstream the sloping valley sides are further apart. The river meanders across a relatively flat area.
If the river channel fills to the top and it overflows, the water will spread out over a large area. This area is called the floodplain.
Have you been to your local river to find your own example of a meander yet?