River Amber

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Coordinates: 53°03′36″N 1°29′02″W / 53.06000°N 1.48389°W / 53.06000; -1.48389

River Amber
 
Clapper Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1771853.jpg
Amber at Clapper Bridge in Ashover
Country England
Counties Derbyshire
Tributaries
 - left Press Brook, Alfreton Brook, Buckland-Hollow Brook
Source Ashover
Mouth Confluence with the Derwent
 - coordinates 53°03′36″N 1°29′02″W / 53.06000°N 1.48389°W / 53.06000; -1.48389
Length 21 km (13 mi)
Basin 140 km2 (54 sq mi)
Discharge for Wingfield Park [1]
 - average 1.37 m3/s (48 cu ft/s)
Confluence with Derwent in Derbyshire
Wikimedia Commons: River Amber
Progression : Amber—DerwentTrentHumberNorth Sea

The River Amber is a left bank tributary of the River Derwent in Derbyshire, England. It gives its name to the local government district and borough of Amber Valley.[2]

Course[edit]

Its source is close to the village of Ashover, near Clay Cross, and it flows southwards through Ogston Reservoir to Pentrich then turns westwards through Wingfield Park to join the River Derwent at Ambergate.[3]

Like many such rivers flowing from the Derbyshire moors, it powered a number of water mills, many of them for crushing locally mined and quarried minerals, such as limestone.

The river valley also provided a route for the Cromford Canal, at the southern end as far as Butterley Tunnel, and the North Midland Railway, to travel northwards until it passed under Clay Cross via the Clay Cross Tunnel, where it entered the valley of the River Rother and then north to Chesterfield.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "28048 - Amber at Wingfield Park". The National River Flow Archive. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  2. ^ Amber Valley Borough Council website
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey (2003). Buxton & Matlock. OS Landranger Map Series. Ordnance Survey. ISBN 9780319228463.