River Dee, Yorkshire

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The River Dee at Stone House

The River Dee is a river running to the north-west of corner of the West Riding of Yorkshire, amongst the moorlands of Craven, carving a long, straight dale through the fells towards Sedbergh, and which becomes a tributary of the River Rawthey just below the town.

The river rises above Dent Head Farm (54°14’5"N, 2°20’41"W) (on the Dales Way), formed from several smaller streams emanating from Blea Moor Moss. The river makes its way northward past Stone House, where it is joined by Arten Gill, to Cowgill. Here it turns westwardly to enter Dentdale.

In Dentdale, the Dee 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, just below the town of Sedbergh (54°18’49"N, 2°32’34"W).

The Rawthey bears the Dee's waters on to the River Lune.


The old water mill at Rash Bridge is thought to have been an inspiration for the folk song "The Jolly Miller of Dee".