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River Don, England

The River Don is a river in South Yorkshire, England. It rises in the Pennines and flows for 112km (70m) eastwards, through the Don Valley[?], via Sheffield, Rotherham, Mexborough[?], Conisbrough, Doncaster and Stainforth[?]. It joins the River Ouse at Goole[?] in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Along the Sheffield - Rotherham stretch of the river are five weirs[?] that punctuate a local footpath: the Five Weirs Walk[?].

Some of the twistier sections of the Don are abridged by a series of canal cuttings that constitute the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation.

The industrial nature of the region has led to a severe pollution problem for the river, although this has abated somewhat over recent years, with salmon reported in the river near Doncaster.

The Don derives its name from Danu, a Celtic mother goddess.



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