The lovely River Wharfe is a major river in Yorkshire, England which for much of its length it forms the county boundary between West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. Its name probably comes from the Saxon ‘guerf‘ meaning ‘swift’ but it could even be named after the Old English word ‘weorf‘or Old Norse ‘hverfr‘ – both meaning ‘winding river’.
It is 65 miles (104.6 km) long before it joins the Ouse – making it the 21st longest UK river. It is navigable from Tadcaster weir at to its confluence with the Ouse near Cawood and is tidal from Ulleskelf to the Ouse.
The narrower, faster-flowing upper section of the river from its source to around Addingham is in Upper Wharfedale and passes many beautiful old stone built villages. Thereare a number of waterfalls – the best known being Linton Falls close to Grassington and The Strid near Bolton Abbey, a spectacular natural feature where the river is forced through a narrow channel. The wider, slower-flowing and more meandering river in the flatter downstream section has a very different character.
This first batch of photos taken between July – September 2017 covers the 6.2 km stretch from the Burley-in-Wharfedale stepping stones @ N 53 55.360W 1 44.960 to Ilkley new bridge @ N 53 55.679 W 1 49.409.
Photo #11 shows one of the many Wharfe river crossings – see here for an illustrated list of these from its source to its confluence with the Ouse.