River Journeys

Season 2 Episode 1

River Irthing

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Aired Unknown Jul 30, 2007 on ITV
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River Irthing
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Fiona Armstrong travels along the bank of the River Irthing in Cumbria, from near its start on Paddaburn Moor on the edge of Kielder Forest. It flows between Northumberland and Cumbria, passing through Butterburn Flow: a peat bog, until it reaches the ten-metre high Crammel Linn waterfall in a sandstone gorge. She finds out about a historic military site where satellites were tested, and visits Gilsland Spa where people came from miles around to use its famous "Popping stone", and "Kissing Bush", or just to drink the waters. Then she cycles to the village of Gilsland where she samples the wares of a local tearoom, and is told the legend of a local murderer. Continuing on, past Hadrian's Wall, Fiona meets some Roman re-enactors at Birdoswald Roman Fort, and talks to the current owner of Naworth Castle, seat of the Earls of Carlisle, where two tributaries of the Irthing flow into the main river. Near Lanercost Priory she chats to a fisherman of the Brown Trout and Grayling Association before ending her journey where the river merges with the River Gelt, shortly before the two rivers' confluence with the River Eden.moreless
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