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Habitat Atlas - Rivers and Streams

Rivers and Streams



  • BAP Broad habitat category Rivers and streams


Staffordshire has an even network of rivers and streams across the county. The major rivers are shown on the map. The majority are tributaries of the Trent which rises in the north of Stoke-on-Trent and leaves the county at Burton-upon-Trent (darker blue line). The main river systems are:

  • Rivers Dove, Manifold & Hamps - these flow out of the calcareous areas of 'White Peak', the Dove forming the county boundary for much of its length.
  • River Churnet - rising in 'Dark Park' at Tittesworth, it flows through the heavily wooded Churnet Valley near Cheadle to join the Dove near Uttoxeter
  • River Blithe - rising on the outskirts of Stoke, the Blithe feeds into the major birdwatching area of Blithfield Reservoir before finally meeting the Trent
  • River Sow - flowing through Stafford
  • River Penk - flowing south towards Wolverhampton

In the North-west (SJ96), The River Dane forms the country boundary in the 'Dark Peak' and flows westwards draining into the Mersey. Finally in the south-west, the Smestow Brook and surrounding streams drain south-westwards into the River Severn.



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