River Esk

River Esk and the Castle O'er Forest
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River Esk and the Castle O'er Forest

A river of Dumfries and Galloway that crosses into Cumbria in England, the River Esk is formed at the junction of the Black Esk, which rises on the northeast slope of Jock's Shoulder, and the White Esk, which rises on the southern slopes of Ettrick Pen. The two headstreams meet in Castle O'er Forest at the southeast corner of Eskdalemuir before continuing as the River Esk through Bentpath and Langholm, then on for a total length of 22 miles (35 km) on its way to the head of the Solway Firth. Its principal tributaries are Megget Water, Wauchope Water, Ewes Water, Tarras Water and Liddel Water.

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