Wellow Brook

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Coordinates: 51°20′27″N 2°20′32″W / 51.34083°N 2.34222°W / 51.34083; -2.34222
Wellow Brook
River
Image Wellowbridge.jpg
Country England
County Somerset
Tributaries
 - right River Somer
Cities Radstock, Wellow
Source
 - location Kilmersdon, Somerset, England
 - coordinates 51°15′34″N 2°26′00″W / 51.25944°N 2.43333°W / 51.25944; -2.43333
Mouth Midford Brook
 - location Midford, Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, England
 - coordinates 51°20′27″N 2°20′32″W / 51.34083°N 2.34222°W / 51.34083; -2.34222

The Wellow brook is a small river in Somerset, England.

It rises near Ston Easton Park in the village of Ston Easton and flows east to Midsomer Norton. West of Radstock, it is joined by the River Somer and a tributary from Kilmersdon to the south. It then flows through Wellow before joining the Cam Brook at Midford to form Midford Brook before joining the River Avon close to the Dundas Aqueduct.

Along its length are the remains of the Somerset Coal Canal which served the Somerset coalfield.

The valley sides are rounded and undulating through erosion. There are several springs dotted along the valley sides and the resultant streams are often lined with trees. The junction of the valley sides with the base is usually gentle and rounded and the valley floors are narrow but flat with the brooks meandering freely across their flood plain. The brook is quite deep in places and frequently has steep sides. This was taken advantage of in making anti-tank defences during World War II when a large number of concrete bunkers known as pillboxes were built as part of the GHQ Line to defend against an expected German invasion.[1]

The area is of interest to the Cam Valley Wildlife Group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area 12 Cam and Wellow Brook Valleys". BANES Rural Landscapes. Retrieved 2010-10-08.