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The Brathay is a river of north west England. Its name comes from Old Norse & means broad river. It rises at a point 1289ft 393m above sea level near the 3 Shire Stone at the highest point of Wrynose Pass. Its catchment area includes the northern flanks of Wetherlam, Great Carrs & others of the Furness Fells as well as a substantial area of the Langdale Fells. The small stream at the top of Wrynose quickly gathers pace as it descends some 930ft 283m in a distance of about 2 miles 3.2km running roughly parallel to & south of the Wrynose Pass road. Before flowing into Little Langdale Tarn it subsumes the outflow from Blea Tarn. Little Langdale Tarn is also replenished by the Greenburn Beck. The Brathay drains Little Langdale Tarn at its eastern side. It continues in an easterly direction over Colwith Force where it falls 40ft 12m before turning north & flowing into the tarn of Elter Water at an elevation of 187ft 57m above sea level. Elter Water is also replenished by the Great Langdale Beck. The Brathay drains Elter Water & flows for about half a mile 0.8km in a south easterly direction to Skelwith Force where it descends 15ft 4.6m. Passing under the A593 road at Skelwith Bridge, & continues in an easterly direction to the hamlet of Clappersgate. After another quarter of a mile 400m it joins the River Rothay close to Croft Lodge south west of Ambleside before flowing into the northern end of Windermere. The stretches of the Brathay around Clappersgate & Skelwith Force are popular with canoeists. For its entire length the River Brathay forms part of the boundary between the historic counties of Lancashire & Westmorland. Since local government re organisation in 1974 the Brathay has been within the administrative county of Cumbria. The river also gives its name to Brathay Hall & Brathay exploration group both of which are based just south of its confluence with the River Rothay on the edge of Windermere. DONT FORGET TO LET THEM KNOW WHERE YOU FOUND THEM www.carpinfo.co.uk
 
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