The River Wear

river Wear
Guide to the River Wear.
The River Wear runs through County Durham and Tyne and Wear.

The river is very scenic in some places and offers good coarse fishing with species such as barbel, bream, chub and roach.

The Path of the River Wear

The River Weir's source is located in the hills of the eastern Pennines. It is made up of several streams that come together to form two larger streams, the Burnhope Burn and the Killhope Burn. These 2 larger streams confluence at Wearhead in County Durham, which as its name suggests is generally referred to as the head of the River Wear.

From Wearhead the river heads in a southeasterly direction passing the village of Ireshopeburn and onto Saint John's Chapel, where the river starts to wind its way east.

Meandering east, the river passes the villages of Daddry Shield, Westgate and Eastgate on its way to the market town of Stanhope.

After leaving the town of Stanhope behind, the River Wear heads southeast winding its way onto the idyllic village of Frosterley, where one of the Wear's tributaries, Bollihope Burn, joins the flow of the river. It continues on an easterly course until it reaches the beautiful town of Wolsingham.

From Wolsingham the river heads southeast, passing the villages of Witton-le-Wear, Witton Park and Escomb before reaching the town of Bishop Auckland.

Just downstream of Bishop Auckland, the River Gaunless joins the Wear and the river starts to head north. The river continues past the village of Newfield on its way to the town of Willington, where it flows along the southern edge of the former-pit town.

The Wear then heads northeast towards the city of Durham. On its way through to Durham, the river passes the northern outskirts of the town of Spennymoor and the village of Croxdale, where the River Wear's largest tributary, the River Browney, joins the flow. From the Browney confluence it snakes its way up passing the villages of Brandon, Bowburn, Houghall, High Shincliffe and Shincliffe.

The River Wear enters Durham from the south with Nevilles Cross on the western bank. The Wear twists and turns its way through the city, until finally emerging on the northern side of the city, with the village of Framwellgate Moor sitting on the opposite bank.

Taking a more northerly course, the river runs between the villages of Sacriston and West Rainton, then between the villages of Chester Moor and Great Lumley, before reaching the historic town of Chester-le-Street.

The River Wear then winds its way through Lambton Park, then on past the village of Penshaw and into Sunderland, passing near the suburb of North Hylton on the river's southern bank, and the Castletown area on the northern bank. As the river continues through Sunderland, it passes the suburb of Southwick before emptying into the North Sea between Roker Pier and South Pier.

Species of fish found in the River Wear include:

Fishing Clubs & Societies with fishing rights on the River Wear

River Wear Counties & Tributaries

  • Flows through counties:
    • County Durham
    • Tyne and Wear
  • Tributaries include:
    • Burnhope Burn
    • Killhope Burn
    • Bollihope Burn
    • River Gaunless
    • River Browney

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