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River Dee
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The River Dee at Stone House
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Location of the mouth in Cumbria
Country England
Subdivision North West England
County Cumbria
Physical characteristics
Main source Dent Head Farm
54°14.083′N 2°20.689′W / 54.234717°N 2.344817°W / 54.234717; -2.344817
River mouth Confluence with River Rawthey
54°18.815′N 2°32.569′W / 54.313583°N 2.542817°W / 54.313583; -2.542817
Length 21 km (13 mi)

The River Dee is a river running through the extreme south east of Cumbria, a part of the Craven region traditionally part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Its name possibly derives from Brythonic deva meaning goddess, or from Dent or Dentdale, through which the river flows.

The river rises above Dent Head Farm (on the Dales Way), formed from several smaller streams emanating from Blea Moor Moss, the River Dee makes its way northward past Stone House, where it is joined by Arten Gill, to Cowgill, where it turns left into Dentdale. In Dentdale, it picks up the waters of Deepdale Beck (travelling north from Whernside) before passing Dent and Gawthrop.

The river later passes Lenacre and Rash on its way to meeting the River Rawthey at Catholes, near the town of Sedbergh. The old water mill at Rash Bridge is thought to have been an inspiration for the folk song "The Jolly Miller of Dee".

The Rawthey goes on to join the River Lune.

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