River Ellen

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River Ellen
Mouth of the River Ellen - geograph.org.uk - 121496.jpg
The mouth of the River Ellen at Maryport harbour.
Country United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Tributaries
 - left Gill Gooden
 - right Dash Beck
Source Skiddaw massif
 - location Keswick, Northern Fells
Mouth Maryport harbour
 - location Maryport, Solway Firth
 - coordinates 54°42′52″N 3°30′05″W / 54.7145°N 3.5013°W / 54.7145; -3.5013Coordinates: 54°42′52″N 3°30′05″W / 54.7145°N 3.5013°W / 54.7145; -3.5013
Length 25 mi (40 km)
Location of the mouth within Cumbria

The Ellen is a river in the English county of Cumbria, flowing from Skiddaw in the Northern Fells to the Solway Firth at Maryport. It was historically in the county of Cumberland. It is approximately 25 miles in length.

Course[edit]

The river rises on the Skiddaw massif,[1] and runs in a generally westerly direction, passing Uldale, Ireby, Boltongate, Baggrow and Blennerhasset parish boundary and Aspatria. From there, it continues southwest (instead of more northwesterly) past Oughterside, Gilcrux, Bullgill, Crosby and Dearham, and skirts the grounds of Netherhall School before flowing into the Solway Firth at Maryport.

Bridge over the River Ellen dividing Baggrow and Blennerasset

Fish[edit]

The river contains populations of brown trout, eels, lamprey, minnows, salmon, sea trout, and stickleback.[2][3]

Tributaries[edit]

  • Dash Beck
  • Gill Gooden
  • Row Beck

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Cumbria Rivers Trust - Ellen". Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lake District Fishing - River Ellen". Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "West Cumbria Rivers Trust - Ellen". Retrieved 21 February 2015.