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River Skirfare
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River Skirfare
Country England
Physical characteristics
Main source Confluence of Foxup Beck and Cosh Beck
313 m (1,027 ft)
River mouth River Wharfe
194 m (636 ft)
Length 9.47 miles (15.24 km)


River Skirfare is a small river in North Yorkshire, England, that flows through Littondale and ends where it joins the larger River Wharfe. The source is the confluence of Foxup Beck and Cosh Beck at the hamlet of Foxup.

The name is of Old Norse origin, from skírr "bright" or "clear" and far "river-course".

Course

The source of the river is the confluence of Foxup Beck and Cosh Beck at the hamlet of Foxup. To the east bank lays Hawkswick Moor and on the west bank lays Darnbrook Fell, Hawkswick Clowder and Pen-y-ghent Fell. The river meanders consistently south-east for approximately 9.47 miles (15.24 km) to the confluence with the River Wharfe.

Natural history

The flora and fauna found along the river are similar to that found along the nearby River Wharfe.

Economy

The economy of the area around the river are similar to that found along the nearby River Wharfe.

Lists

Tributaries

From the source of the river:

  • Halton Gill Beck
  • Newshot Gill
  • Hesleden Beck
  • Potts Beck
  • Fosse Beck
  • Cowside Beck
  • Cote Gill
  • Sleets Gill Beck
  • Moss Beck

Settlements

From the source of the river:

  • Foxup
  • Halton Gill
  • Hesleden
  • Litton
  • Arncliffe
  • Arncliffe Cote
  • Hawkswick

Crossings

From the source of the river:

  • Foxup Bridge
  • Halton Gill Bridge
  • Unnamed bridge to Nether Hesleden
  • Fording point
  • New Bridge on farm track
  • Footbridge near Litton
  • Fording point south of Litton
  • Arncliffe Bridge
  • Footbridge north of Hawkswick
  • Hawkswick Bridge
  • Skirfare Bridge on B6160

Gallery

Sources

  • OS Landranger Map Wensleydale & Upper Wharfedale Sheet 98
  • OS Explorer Map Yorkshire Dales: N & Cen areas Sheet OL30
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