River Wear facts for kids
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Map of the Wear
|Metropolitan County||Tyne and Wear|
|Towns/Cities||Stanhope, Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland, Willington, Durham, Chester-le-Street, Sunderland|
|Main source||Wearhead, County Durham, UK
340 m (1,120 ft)
|River mouth||North Sea, UK
0 m (0 ft)
|Length||96 km (60 mi)|
Much of the River Wear shows the history of the Industrial Revolution. Its upper end runs through lead mining country, until this gives way to coal seams of the Durham coalfield for the rest of its length. As a result of limestone quarrying, lead mining and coal mining, the Wear valley was amongst the first places to see the development of railways. The Weardale Railway continues to run occasional services between Stanhope and Wolsingham.
The upland area of Upper Weardale has a flora which survives from the end of the last Ice Age. After the Ice Age, the Wear valley became thickly forested. During the Neolithic period and increasingly in the Bronze Age, the forests were progressively cleared for agriculture.
Images for kids
The wooded riverbanks of the Wear as it flows from Stanhope to Frosterley
The wooded riverbanks of the Wear as it flows through Durham.
Finchale Priory on the banks of the River Wear between Durham City and Chester-le-Street. Note the wooden footbridge across the river on the right of the photograph.
As the river approaches its outfall into the North Sea, it flows past St. Peter's Campus, University of Sunderland.Shadows in Another Light, a sculpture in which the shadow cast by a tree represents a hammerhead crane, unique to the Sunderland shipyards, can be seen at the left of this image.
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