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The River tees

The two sections


The upstream section of the River Tees runs from the Pennine Hills on Cross Fell and flows into the sea some 85 miles away. The river Tees once formed the boundary between the English counties of Durham and Yorkshire.
The upstream section is held back by the Tees barrage and prevents tidal changes and reduces flooding as the river height can be controlled. More on the Barrage here.
  • High Force in the Pennines is a waterfall on the River Tees. The water drops 170 feet and the falls have been in many movies and TV shows.
  • Anglers using the River Tees enjoy fishing surrounded by some of England’s most beautiful scenery. Although some fishing is free, the best stretches are owned by angling clubs.

(source River Tees: Facts and Information – Primary Facts)


Downstream of the Tees Barrage is the tidal section of the River Tees. This section is tidal and flows to the sea past the port of Middlesbrough and Teesport. 
There are many famous sights in this section of the river including the Newport Bridge, the Transporter Bridge, Seal sands, Riverside stadium (home of Middlesbrough FC) and much more. 
  • One of the largest towns along the Tees is Middlesbrough, which owes its existence to the river. The town is the birthplace of the explorer Captain Cook and has a large collection of Picasso paintings.
  • Teesport, near the mouth of the River Tees, was built on land reclaimed from the sea. It is now one of the busiest ports in the UK.
  • Despite the heavy industry near the mouth of the river, the estuary is an important habitat for animals and plant life. Seals can often be seen on Seal Sands.

(source River Tees: Facts and Information – Primary Facts)