River Trent - The Staffordshire Trent

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Rugeley to Alrewas


Leaving Rugeley the river flows east constrained by the higher ground formed by the edge of Cannock Chase to the south passing through a narrow gap between Armitage and Mavesyn Ridware. The settlements on the south side of the river along this section are essentially urban and industrial in nature exploiting the underlying natural resources of coal and clay. North of the river the villages are relatively small and pastoral.

SK0716 : River Trent upstream of Armitage by John M SK0716 : Footbridge over the River Trent by John M SK0716 : River Trent downstream of Armitage by John M

High Bridge at Handsacre marks the end of the high ground with Coal Measures to the south. The river now opens out onto a wider floodplain.

SK0816 : River Trent - upstream near Mavesyn Ridware by John M SK0916 : River Trent upstream of High Bridge by John M SK0916 : High and Low Bridges over the River Trent by John M SK0916 : High Bridge over the Trent by Geoff Pick

It is joined by the second major tributary the River Blithe near Hamstall Ridware. The River Blithe rises on the eastern edge of Stoke-on-Trent and is impounded at Blithfield Reservoir to provide drinking water for the West Midlands conurbation. From here up to Burton-on-Trent the soils are gley based alluvial.

SK1117 : River bank by John PoyserSK1017 : River Trent, Nethertown by Geoff Pick SK1017 : River Trent near Nethertown by Graham Taylor SK1017 : Pipeline over River Trent, near Nethertown by Graham Taylor SK1017 : Footbridge over the Trent, near Nethertown by Graham Taylor

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