River Worth

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River Worth
Bridge over River Worth - Coney Street - geograph.org.uk - 977207.jpg
Bridge over River Worth – Coney Lane, Keighley
Country England
Main source Watersheddles Reservoir, Lancashire
329 metres (1,079 ft)
53°50′17″N 2°2′49″W / 53.83806°N 2.04694°W / 53.83806; -2.04694
River mouth River Aire, Keighley
88 metres (289 ft)
53°52′31″N 1°53′7″W / 53.87528°N 1.88528°W / 53.87528; -1.88528Coordinates: 53°52′31″N 1°53′7″W / 53.87528°N 1.88528°W / 53.87528; -1.88528
Basin size 87.3 km2 (33.7 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 15.2 kilometres (9.4 mi)

The River Worth is a river in West Yorkshire, England. It flows from minor tributaries on the moors above Watersheddles Reservoir down the Worth Valley to Haworth, where it is joined by Bridgehouse Beck which flows from Oxenhope. The River Worth is itself a tributary of the River Aire, which it joins at the end of the Worth Valley in Keighley.


There are many small streams that feed Watersheddles Reservoir (yards over the border in Lancashire) from which the River Worth is fed. From the reservoir, the river flows east into Ponden Reservoir into the town of Haworth where it is joined by Bridgehouse Beck. It then flows east north-east through the suburbs of Keighley into the town centre where north beck flows into it, it then continues down towards Stockbridge where it joins the River Aire. The typical river level range where it joins the River Aire is between 0.22 metres and 1.00 metres.[1]

Natural history[edit]

The river was once very polluted, but the lack of local industry nowadays has seen the river become much cleaner and it supports many forms of wildlife throughout its course. Herons, kingfishers and dippers are now a common sight. The river currently has a population of small brown trout and grayling, but they are restricted to certain parts due to a number of high weirs which have been left behind from its industrial past.[2]


The river provided power for the wool and clothing mills. Woollen and worsted manufacture was introduced here with the first cotton-mill erected in 1780.


The river valley is home to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Bradford City Council have marked out a short/middle (circular) distance walk along the valley called The Worth Way.[3] Angling is also allowed by permit at certain places along the river.



River Worth Images
Small brown trout from the River Worth 
Footbridge over the River Worth near Lumbfoot 
Bronte Way footbridge over the infant River Worth 
Keighley - footpath alongside River Worth 
River Worth - Coney Lane, Keighley 
River Worth and Weir 


Ordnance Survey Open Data [1]


  1. ^ "River Levels". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Angling". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Leisure Walks" (PDF). Retrieved 19 August 2011.