River follows its natural course again

A project to reverse the once straightened River Leith near Penrith is underway.

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River is back to its natural course

The course of a river near Penrith has been changed dramatically. A £100,000 restoration project has been underway to reverse the historic straightening of the River Leith and return it to a more natural, meandering state.

The old route has been dug out and the water is being diverted into the former channel.

Matthew Taylor reports:

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Changing the course of Leith's history

Rivers were straightened to expand surrounding land and make farming easier Credit: ITV Border

The course of a river near Penrith will be changed dramatically.

A major restoration project has been underway to reverse the historic straightening of the River Leith and return it to a more natural and meandering state.

Adding natural bends to the river will improve surrounding areas for wildlife Credit: ITV Border

The old route of the river has been dug out and the water will be diverted into the former channel.

The re-connection event will be carried out by Lord Lonsdale, today Wednesday 18 June.

Read: More on Cumbrian river projects

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