River Worth

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Bridge over the River Worth

The River Worth is a river nine and a half miles long flowing through in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It flows from minor tributaries on the moors above Watersheddles Reservoir down the Worth Valley to Haworth, where it is joined by Bridgehouse Beck which flows from Oxenhope. The River Worth is itself a tributary of the River Aire, which it joins at the end of the Worth Valley in Keighley.


Many small streams that feed Watersheddles Reservoir (yards over the border in Lancashire) from which the River Worth is fed. From the reservoir, the river flows east into Ponden Reservoir into the town of Haworth where it is joined by Bridgehouse Beck. It then flows east north-east through the suburbs of Keighley into the town centre where North Beck flows into it, it then continues down towards Stockbridge where it joins the River Aire.

The typical river level range where it joins the River Aire is between one foot and three feet.[1]


The river was once very polluted, but the lack of local industry nowadays has seen the river become much cleaner and it supports many forms of wildlife throughout its course. Herons, kingfishers and dippers are now a common sight. The river currently has a population of small brown trout and Thymallus thymallus|grayling, but they are restricted to certain parts by a number of high weirs left behind from its industrial past.


The river provided power for the wool and clothing mills. Woollen and worsted manufacture was introduced here with the first cotton-mill in Yorkshire, Low Mill at Keighley, erected in 1780.[2]


Throught the valley runs the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Bradford City Council have marked out a short/middle (circular) distance walk along the valley called The Worth Way.[3] Angling is also allowed by permit at certain places along the river.


  • Little Spring Dike
  • Dean Clough
  • Whitestone Clough
  • Ponden Clough Beck
  • Lumb Beck
  • Lower Pitcher Clough
  • Sladen Beck
  • Bridgehouse Beck
  • North Beck


River Worth Images
Small brown trout from the River Worth  
Footbridge over the River Worth near Lumbfoot  
Bronte Way footbridge over the infant River Worth  
Keighley - footpath alongside River Worth  
River Worth - Coney Lane, Keighley  
River Worth and Weir