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The River Browney is a river in County Durham, Englandmarker, and the largest tributary of the River Wearmarker.

According to Durham County Council Internet GIS, the River Browney rises from a spring in Park Head Plantation, on the eastern slope of Skaylock Hill, roughly a mile south east of Waskerleymarker. The spring rises no more than 500 metres from a tributary stream to the River Wearmarker, in an area of moorland, forestry and springs, and of disused coal mines, quarries and mineral railway lines, remnants of an industrial past. Running eastwards towards Lanchester, the river skirts to the south of the village. Continuing eastwards past Langley Parkmarker and Witton Gilbertmarker, the river then turns south and skirts the western edge of Durham. The Browney is joined by the River Deerness north of Langley Moormarker and finally joins the Wear to the south of Durham, close to Sunderland Bridgemarker. Until the last Ice Age, the Browney entered the River Wearmarker just north of Durhammarker City, in Pelaw Woods.

The Browney became contaminated by local industry, particularly lead and coal mining, but has recovered in recent years. The river was stocked with around 3000 grayling in September 2006.

Legend has it that following his defeat at Neville's Crossmarker in 1346, King David II of Scotland was captured having sought shelter under a bridge over the Browney at Bearparkmarker, close by where his Scottish soldiers had camped overnight beneath Beaurepaire Priorymarker.


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