River Dane

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River Dane
Three Shires Head.jpg
Three Shire Heads
Country England
Counties Staffordshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire
Districts Staffordshire Moorlands, Cheshire East
 - location Axe Edge Moor, Cheshire
 - location Confluence with River Weaver

The River Dane flows through Cheshire in the northwest England.

The river rises close to the source of the River Goyt just to the south west of Buxton, on Axe Edge Moor. Flowing southwest, it forms the border between Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire for around 10 miles (16 km) before flowing west through Congleton and past Holmes Chapel.

The point on the river where the three counties meet, at Panniers' Pool Bridge, is called the Three Shire Heads (often wrongly Three Shires Head).[1] Three Shire Heads is the most northern point in Staffordshire.

Passing just to the north of Middlewich, it merges first with the River Croco near the site of the old Roman fort in Harbutt's Field, and then with the River Wheelock near the aqueduct carrying the Trent and Mersey Canal, and runs the remaining five miles north to Northwich where it flows into the River Weaver.

The name of the river (earlier Daven) is probably from the Old Welsh dafn, meaning a "drop or tickle", implying a slow-moving river.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Walks in the UK Peak District - Axe Edge Moor, Buxton's coal mining district
  2. ^ Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), "Dane", The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Cambridge University Press 

Coordinates: 53°15′N 2°31′W / 53.250°N 2.517°W / 53.250; -2.517