Red River


The Red River is not as you’d imagine from the name, actually red.  It got its name because historically the local mines discharged their ore processing wastes into the river which turns the water brown or red. Reading up on the mining history of this county it appears that the rivers were very lucrative with thousands of pounds worth of minerals being found due to the inefficiency of the mines to process them properly.


  1. beetleypete says:

    River names can be very interesting. Our local small rivers here, the Whitewater and Blackwater, are both a muddy brown for most of the year. I must do some research into the origin of their names.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. Sue says:

    Well, at the risk of appearing smug, I would have come to the conclusion that the name came from the fact that the river was rich in mineral deposits- but that must be the scientist in me!!

    1. Lucid Gypsy says:

      Me too Sue. But I’m glad it doesn’t happen now. Jude what’s the Rockpool thing in the background?

      1. Heyjude says:

        Rockpool is a beach cafe/restaurant which seems to have started off well, but now not getting good reviews. Never been there myself. I believe there is a surf hire place there too.

  3. So someone made their fortune by mining the river…that’s clever. It looks very peaceful now.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hard to imagine the noise and chaos there must have been in this area in the past.

  4. And the effect on the aquatic life of all that mining effluent I wonder??

    1. Heyjude says:

      The rivers have been cleaned up now, but this one is used as a discharge of sewerage in times of excess rain to avoid flooding in streets and gardens, though the river and sea can be discoloured after heavy rainfall by surface water run-off from the abandoned mine at Dolcath. You might not want to go swimming in it 😉

      1. Oh my gosh woman, you are a mine of information (pun intended!). And no, swimming in that would not be on my agenda. We could do with some of that water here – discharge and otherwise. Dam levels at al all time low and Level 3 water restrictions. My garden is dying slowly. Roll on winter and the rains.

        1. Heyjude says:

          To be fair, the discharge is rare and the water does rate as excellent most of the time.

  5. Rivers… and their stories ❤

  6. restlessjo says:

    Plenty of water in it! 🙂 How was storm Doris? 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Windy! But she blew away the persistent fog we have had since the weekend so that was nice. The hyacinths look a little flattened, but no damage as far as I can see. Did you get the snow then?

      1. restlessjo says:

        No, just heavy rain and wind. The snow was close by at Durham, I think, but our coastal strip usually misses it. 🙂

  7. Tina Schell says:

    Wow -Jude, a zillion years ago (ok maybe not quite) my husband and I ate there. Had no idea about the river but love that others made some money after the mine company’s inefficiencies!

    1. Heyjude says:

      A small world 🙂

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