Eastern Yar

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River Yar (Eastern Yar)
River Yar - geograph.org.uk - 120713.jpg
The Eastern Yar at Brading marshes
Country England
Region Isle of Wight
 - left Scotchells Brook
 - location Niton, Isle of Wight
Mouth The Solent
 - location Bembridge, Isle of Wight
Length 20 km (12 mi)
River Yar at Alverstone
Riverside scene in early spring, near Alverstone

The River Yar on the Isle of Wight, England, rises in a chalk coomb in St. Catherine's Down near Niton,[1] close to the southern tip of the island. It flows across the Lower Cretaceous rocks of the eastern side of the island, through the gap in the central Upper Cretaceous chalk ridge of the Island at Yarbridge, then across the now drained Brading Haven to Bembridge Harbour in the north east.

For most of its course, the river passes through rural areas. At Alverstone, a small weir uses water from the river to power a water mill.

The Yar is one of two rivers on the Isle of Wight with the same name. It is referred to as the Eastern Yar if it is necessary to distinguish between them.


  1. ^ "River Yar Trail - Source to Sea". WightCam. Archived from the original on 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2009-06-17.

Ordnance Survey One Inch Seventh Series sheet 180

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Coordinates: 50°41′32″N 1°06′39″W / 50.69222°N 1.11083°W / 50.69222; -1.11083