The source of Costa Beck is Keld Head Spring 0.5 mi (0.80 km) west of Pickering. It is a tributary of the River Rye which joins the River Derwent, eventually flowing into the River Ouse at Barmby on the Marsh. Costa Beck was used for ship transport by mills as early as 1200. It is a Scandinavian name meaning a river full of fish or full of life.
The waters of Costa Beck are noted for their crystal-clarity, and fly fishing is popular and available by arrangement, usually free of charge. Trout, dace, grayling, salmon, and pike can all be found in Costa Beck and kingfishers can be seen flying above. Today the river lies adjacent to Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo, where visitors occasionally come from to fish.
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- Ekwall, Eilert (1968). English river-names. Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 99. ISBN 9780198691198.
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