The River Wreake is a
riverin Leicestershire, England. It is a tributary of the River Soar.
The Wreake rises somewhere near Stapleford. It flows southwest, passing through
Melton Mowbray, Frisby on the Wreakeand Ratcliffe on the Wreake, before meeting the Soar near Syston. In its upper reaches it is called the River Eye and it becomes the Wreake below Melton Mowbray, near Sysonby Lodge.
The name "Wreake" was given by the Danish invaders of Leicestershire, who probably navigated the River Trent, then the River Soar and finally into the Wreake as they entered the district. Their word Wreake indicated that the river followed a tortuous, twisting and turning course.
The river was
canalised in the late 18th century, though after the building of the Syston and Peterborough railwayin the mid 19th Century, the canal was disused and fell into ruin. Many of the diversions made to the river in order to make the canal navigable are still visible, especially in the neighbourhood of Hoby, Rotherby, Frisby on the Wreake, Kirby Bellars and Asfordby.
The Wreake is graded by the
Environment Agencyas "B" quality, which is excellent for a Midlands river. Biotic index surveys report mayflyand stoneflynymphs, caddis fly larvae, dragonflyand damselflynymphs and crayfish. Among the fishare Perch, Chubb, Pike, Minnows, Miller's Thumb, and Trout. Otters are starting to repopulate the Wreake in its quieter stretches.
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