River Trent - The Staffordshire Trent

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River Trent


The River Trent, the third longest river in England emerges at around 919ft (280m) on Biddulph Moor and flows for 185 miles (298km) eventually discharging into the Humber Estuary at Trent Falls. The limit of navigation is at Burton on Trent. Upstream of this the Trent & Mersey Canal provides an alternative for boaters.

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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
SJ9057 : Trent Head Well by Neil Lewin SJ9057 : The source of the River Trent by Neil Lewin


Biddulph Moor to Knypersley Reservoir


The new river starts life as a fast flowing upland stream passing through the millstone grit landscape. The river drops 100m of level in the 3km between the source and Knypersley Reservoir. The reservoir was built by Thomas Telford in 1827 as a canal feeder for the Caldon Canal.
SJ8955 : Head of Trent at Knypersley Reservoir by Kate Jewell SJ8955 : Knypersley Reservoir in a reflective mood. by Ian Worrall SJ8954 : The Knypersley Reservoir dam by Kate Jewell SJ8954 : The dam at Knypersley Reservoir by Kate Jewell SJ8954 : Outflow pool for the canal feeder - Knypersley Reservoir by John M

Knypersley Reservoir to Norton Green


The reservoir and canal feeder influence the river flow between the reservoir and Stoke-on-Trent. In dry weather a large proportion of the flow of the infant Trent seems to be taken off to supply the canal system.

SJ8954 : Knypersley Mill Pool by John M SJ8954 : Knypersley Mill by John M SJ8954 : Crossing the River Trent by John M SJ8954 : Footbridge over the River Trent (Head of Trent) by John MSJ8954 : River Trent (Head of Trent) downstream of Tongue Lane by John M

Having dropped a further 40m to reach Norton Green the river enters the city boundary of Stoke-on-Trent and the rural character disappears. This was a working river powering forges and mills.

SJ8952 : River Trent (Head of Trent) upstream of Norton Green by John M SJ9052 : Bridge over the River Trent by John MSJ9052 : Trent Terrace, Norton Green by Neil Lewin SJ9052 : River Trent downstream of Trent Terrace - Norton Green by John M

Norton Green to Stoke


The river catchment has entered the coal measures with mining villages on the high ground and former colliery sites on the lower slopes. The Caldon Canal runs beside the river along the valley bottom.

SJ9050 : River Trent downstream of Leek Road by John M SJ9050 : Weir on the River Trent by John M SJ9050 : River Trent downstream of Milton by John M SJ9049 : River Trent downstream of Abbey Farm by John M SJ8947 : River Trent leaving the Waterside Park by John M SJ8947 : Disused railway bridge over the River Trent by John M

Bucknall Park provides an unexpected public access to the river although the water quality may be questionable. Leaving the park the river is again hidden from public view as it approaches Stoke.

SJ8947 : River Trent in Bucknall Park by John M SJ8947 : River Trent leaving Bucknall Park by John M SJ8947 : River Trent downstream of  Finney Gardens by John M SJ8846 : River Trent upstream of A50 by John M SJ8846 : River Trent - Downstream of the A50 by John M

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