"Ferry across the Mersey", June 2005.
|- location||Stockport, Greater Manchester|
|- elevation||1,552 ft (473 m)|
|Length||70 miles (113 kilometres)|
|Basin size||2,910 mi (4,680 km)|
The River Mersey is a river in north west England. It is 70 miles (112 km) long, it stretches from Stockport, Greater Manchester, and ends at Liverpool Bay, Merseyside. For centuries, it formed part of the ancient county divide between Lancashire and Cheshire.
Course[change | change source]
The Mersey is formed from three tributaries: the River Etherow, the River Goyt and the River Tame. The modern accepted start of the Mersey is at the confluence of the Tame and Goyt, in central Stockport, Greater Manchester. However, older definitions, and many older maps, place its start a few miles up the Goyt; for example the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica states "It is formed by the junction of the Goyt and the Etherow a short distance below Marple in Cheshire on the first-named stream."
Environment[change | change source]
Water quality in the River Mersey has been severely affected by industrialisation.
But Salmon are now found in the river. They can be viewed on the Salmon Steps at Woolston between the months of September and November.
In popular culture[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- Liverpool Pictorial
- Mersey map - aisliverpool.org.uk Archived 2007-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
- River Mersey Information Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine (PDF)
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