River Wye, Bakewell

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The River Wye is a limestone river in the Peak District of Derbyshire, England. It is 15mi in length, and is one of the major tributaries of the River Derwent, which flows into the River Trent, and ultimately into the Humber and the North Sea.The river's source lies just west of Buxton, on Axe Edge Moor. Part of the flow passes underground through Poole's Cavern before rising at Wye Head, and flowing through the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton. It then flows east, along a route roughly followed by the A6 road. It enters the Peak District, flows just south of Tideswell, then through Ashford in the Water and Bakewell, and south of Haddon Hall, before meeting the River Derwent at Rowsley.The main tributary of the river is the River Lathkill, which enters approximately one mile from its mouth.The River Wye is one of Derbyshire's best known rivers and is popular with anglers owing to the large numbers of wild brown, rainbow trout and grayling it contains. The alkalinity of the Wye provides a rich source of nutrients that leads to an abundance of insects, invertebrates and other wildlife. This ensures that the Trout and Grayling grow quickly on a diet of freshwater shrimp, sedge and upwinged flies (to name but a few of the foods available). Some of the largest populations of Water Voles in Britain can also be found along the River Wye.
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  • After struggling to find a parking space for over 30 minutes,we returned to the car park close to the River Wye and walked a couple of miles alongside this pretty stretch. We managed to see rainbow tr...  more »
  • One of the best things about living in Bakewell is this lovely river. Not only does it feature many lovely stone bridges, but it is a haven for wildlife. Last week I saw goldcrests and during the last...  more »
  • Bakewell is a delightful village on the River Wye. Very helpful people in the Tourist Information Centre advised us about walks in the Peak District and elsewhere. A must is a visit to the Bakewell Pu...  more »

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