Waterways of Stoke-on-Trent - Rivers and Brooks


Rivers and Brooks of Stoke-on-Trent


River Trent
 - rises at Biddulph Moor and enters the city at Norton Green as a clean brook. As the river flows into the city it becomes enclosed by development and some sections are contained within concrete culverts. The water quality of the River Trent in the city has improved slowly over the last 50 years, but there is still a lot of work to be done on some of the streams that flow into the Trent, particularly the Fowlea Brook.

Ford Green Brook
 - enters the city at Brindley Ford, passes through the Whitfield Valley and joins the River Trent near Milton. Water quality is affected by sewer and minewater overflows and channeling.

Causley Brook
 - starts on Wetley Moor and joins the Trent at Ivy house; sewerage and minewater overflows together with rubbish affect water quality.
Scotia Brook
 - begins at Turnhurst and runs through Tunstall until it meets the Fowlea Brook at Westport Lake.
Fowlea Brook
 - is notably affected by pollution from the industrial areas through which it passes. It enters the city near Goldendale pools and is then culverted for most of its length through Longport and Etruria to Stoke, where it joins the River Trent.
Lyme Brook
 - is Newcastle-under-Lyme’s main watercourse and forms part of the city boundary at Trent Vale before it joins the Trent at Hanford. Its water quality is average.
Longton/Cockster Brook
rises at Parkhall Lake as Anchor Brook, its runs under Longton to Heron Cross and under the former colliery at Hem Heath before joining the Trent at Trentham. Several sections are culverted and development is often close to the banks.
River Blithe
 - runs along the city boundary at Weston Coyney for a kilometer and joins the Trent further away at Rugely.


The map and information on water quality is courtesy of Stoke-on-Trent "Greensteps Project"