The River Tees

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Guide to the River Tees.
The River Tees is one of the most scenic rivers in the north of England and offers some excellent game fishing, with large quantities of wild brown trout, grayling and salmon.

The river also holds a good head of chub, perch, pike and roach. Barbel are present but very elusive.

The Path of the River Tees

The source of the River Tees is high in the Pennines near Cross Fell, the initial waters were dammed in the 1960's creating the Cow Green Reservoir, which is popular for trout fishing.

The first major settlement on the River Tees is the town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, from here the river heads southeast, passing the villages of Mickleton, Eggleston, Romaldkirk and Cotherstone. The next settlement on the banks of this beautiful river is the town of Barnard Castle, which sits on the eastern bank, on the opposite bank sits the village of Startforth.

After leaving Barnard Castle behind, the River Tees continues southeast for just over 2 miles and then heads in a more easterly direction, passing the villages of Whorlton, Wycliffe and Ovington. At Ovington the river heads northeast, passing the village of Winston before once again heading east and flowing past the village of Gainford.

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From Gainford the Tees heads east southeast passing the settlements of Piercebridge, High Coniscliffe and Low Coniscliffe which sits on the western edge of the city of Darlington. Downstream of Low Coniscliffe the River Tees heads southeast down the southwestern edge of Darlington and passing the villages of Cleasby, Stapleton and Croft-on-Tees.

The next villages to be graced by the banks of the River Tees are Hurworth-on-Tees, Neasham, Sockburn, Girsby, Over Dinsdale and Over Dinsdale Grange. The river then flows past the southern edge of the large village of Middleton St George and then past Teeside International Airport. The river's course then takes it past the villages of Low Middleton, High Worsall, Newsham and Low Worsall.

The town of Yarm is next on the banks of the river, followed by the village of Egglescliffe, the Ingleby Barwick Estate and the towns of Eaglescliffe and Thornaby-on-Tees. The River Tees then heads on to Stockton-on-Tees, then the town of Billingham which sits on the northern bank, Middlesbrough town sits on the southern bank as the river heads northeast to empty into the North Sea at the Tees Estuary.

Species of fish found in the River Tees include:

Fishing Clubs & Societies with fishing rights on the River Tees

River Tees Counties & Tributaries

  • Flows through counties:
    • County Durham
    • North Yorkshire
  • Tributaries include:
    • River Lune
    • River Balder
    • River Greta
    • River Skerne
    • River Leven
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