Diggers at Whit Beck, in the Lake District
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Water starts flowing along Whit Beck's new route

What is thought to be the largest re-routing of a river in the UK has taken a major step forward.

Whit Beck, in the western Lake District, is being diverted to follow a longer, more natural course, for the first time in more than a century.

It is hoped the scheme will improve wildlife habitats and help prevent flooding further down the River Cocker.

Water has started flowing along the new route, as Alison Freeman reports.

  • 21 Aug 2014
  • From the section Cumbria
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