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Devil's Water
Devil's Water is located in Northumberland
Devil's Water
Location within Northumberland
Country United Kingdom
County Northumberland
Physical characteristics
River mouth 54°58′29″N 2°02′22″W / 54.9746°N 2.0395°W / 54.9746; -2.0395
Length 26.3 km (16.3 mi)

Devil's Water is a river in Northumberland, England. A tributary of the River Tyne, it joins that river from the south, near the village of Dilston about 1 mile (1.6 km) south-west of Corbridge. It is formed from the waters of several smaller burns and sikes between Embley and Hackford some 5 miles (8 km) south of Hexham.

Its tributaries include Rowley Burn and West Dipton Burn.

Devil's Water is of historical interest, figuring in the Battle of Hexham.


The name Devil's Water may share an etymology with the various rivers named Douglas in Northern England and Scotland such as the Douglas Water and River Douglas. The name is derived from the Brittonic elements dūβ-, meaning "black", and *glẹ:ss, "stream, rivulet, watercourse" (Welsh du-glais).

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