Streams

I am curious to know why the 'streams' in the new Forest are called waters i.e. Highland Water, Ober Water.


Thank you.

Sandra Taylor

Hi Sandra

Thanks for this enquiry. I don't know the answer definitely but most "streams" are called "Brooks" or "Water" and I believe it may be because these streams actually overflowed for much of the year, prior to management schemes put in place over the last 100-150 yrs. As they overflowed so they were became known, perhaps locally, as water because they covered a larger area and behaved less like a flowing stream and more like an area of water - does that make sense?
If anyone knows the answer please let me know.
Many thanks Christina - newforest-life.com

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