Geography of the Dane Valley

The River Dane flows through Cheshire in north-west England. The river rises close to the source of the River Goyt on Axe Edge Moor. It flows west through Congleton, around Holmes Chapel and then to the north of Middlewich. In Middlewich it merges first with the River Croco near the site of the old Roman fort in Harbutt’s Field and then with the River Wheelock near the aqueduct carrying the Trent and Mersey Canal over the Nantwich Road. It then flows towards Northwich where it joins the River Weaver.

In its early stages it is a fast-flowing upland stream. When it enters the Cheshire Plain at Congleton it becomes a wider more meandering river; its valley becomes better defined, its flood plain increases and the valley sides become more wooded. In certain places the course of the River Dane is constantly changing and it is known to have reverted to former routes over a 70 year cycle.

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