River Tonge

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River Tonge
Tonge river.jpeg
Looking downstream from Tonge Bridge, which carries the A579 over the river
Country England
Physical characteristics
 - location Bolton
 - coordinates 53°35′44.58″N 2°25′30.42″W / 53.5957167°N 2.4251167°W / 53.5957167; -2.4251167
 - location
River Croal, Bolton
 - coordinates
53°34′1.56″N 2°24′12.96″W / 53.5671000°N 2.4036000°W / 53.5671000; -2.4036000Coordinates: 53°34′1.56″N 2°24′12.96″W / 53.5671000°N 2.4036000°W / 53.5671000; -2.4036000
 - location Darcy Lever
Basin features
 - left Bradshaw Brook

The River Tonge is a short river flowing close to Bolton, in Greater Manchester, England.

The Tonge is formed at the Meeting of the Waters, where Astley Brook, flowing from the Smithills area in the west, meets the southerly-flowing Eagley Brook. From there, the Tonge flows southwards, to the east of Bolton, past Springfield, where it is joined by Bradshaw Brook, at the end of its route from the Jumbles and Wayoh reservoirs, close to Tonge Fold. The Tonge joins the River Croal at Darcy Lever, shortly before the Croal's confluence with the River Irwell.

Tonge Bridge section is a part of the river north of Tonge Bridge designated as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).[1][2] The site is 0.7 hectares (1.8 acres) and comprises the steep west bank of the river. It was designated an SSSI 1987 for its geological interest, principally the fluvial sandstone which has yielded pteridosperm seeds, known as Trigonocarpus. The well preserved nature of the seeds make it of considerable sedimentological and palaeogeographic interest.[1] It is one of only seven geological SSSIs in Greater Manchester.

In 2017, invasive walking catfish Clarias were recovered from the river.[3]


See also

Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal


  1. ^ a b "Tonge River Section citation sheet" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 2006-10-27.
  2. ^ "Map of River Tonge Section SSSI". Nature on the Map. Retrieved 2006-10-27.
  3. ^ "Environment Agency warning over Clarias Catfish found in River Tonge, Bolton". The Bolton News. 19 July 2017.
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