Last week we found a River Dee at 5 locations in the British Isles. One of them empties into the sea at the Scottish town of Aberdeen and that is also the location of the mouth of a River Don (#1), Britain’s longest, just a couple of miles along the coast on the other side of town. The two rivers follow similar routes, flowing east on either side of the hills.
The other sizeable River Don in Britain (#2) is in Yorkshire. It begins in the Pennines and flows into the Ouse just before it meets the Trent to form the Humber estuary. The Don used to flow into the Trent, but its lower course was re-routed in the 1620s to improve drainage. The work was carried out by a Dutch engineer and the new channel is referred to as the Dutch River.
River Don #3 is a tributary of the River Tyne, while River Don #4 is a 7-mile section of an otherwise named river east of Burnley, Lancashire.
Unfortunately, I have no pictures of the Dons. Something to put right next time I’m in Sheffield.
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