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River Leen
River Leen, Radford - geograph.org.uk - 875331.jpg
River Leen near Radford
Country United Kingdom
Country within the UK England
Counties Nottinghamshire
Towns Bulwell, Basford, Radford, Lenton
 - left Day Brook
City Nottingham
 - location Robin Hood Hills, Annesley, Nottinghamshire
 - coordinates 53°05′10″N 1°13′07″W / 53.0861°N 1.2187°W / 53.0861; -1.2187
 - location Confluence with the River Trent, The Meadows, Nottingham
 - coordinates 52°56′14″N 1°09′31″W / 52.9371°N 1.1585°W / 52.9371; -1.1585Coordinates: 52°56′14″N 1°09′31″W / 52.9371°N 1.1585°W / 52.9371; -1.1585
Length 24 km (15 mi) [1]
Basin 124 km2 (48 sq mi) [2]
Discharge for Triumph Road, Lenton
 - average 0.67 m3/s (24 cu ft/s) [3]
Confluence with the River Trent shown in Nottinghamshire
Wikimedia Commons: River Leen

The River Leen is 15 mile (24km) long tributary of the River Trent that flows through Nottinghamshire, and the city of Nottingham in the East Midlands of England.


The Leen rises as a series of springs at the foot of the Robin Hood Hills just outside Annesley. It then flows through the grounds and lakes of Newstead Abbey, passing Papplewick and on through Bestwood Country Park, following the route of the Leen Valley into suburban and urban Nottingham. Within the city it flows through the centre of Bulwell, and passes Basford where it is joined by the Day Brook. The Leen then flows through Radford, and Lenton before joining the River Trent next to Riverside Way in The Meadows.


Leen is a corruption through various renderings of the Celtic word llyn, "lake" or "pool", and Anglo‐Saxon hlynna, meaning "streamlet". Some of the surrounding villages derived their name from the River Leen. Lenton, ton being the Saxon word for "village"; and Linby, by being the Danish equivalent of ton.

From Lenton onwards the course of the Leen has been quite radically altered on a number of occasions, notably culverted by the Borough Engineer, Marriott Ogle Tarbotton, but the river's present course is believed to follow much the same route as it did originally.[4] Originally it discharged into the Beeston Canal, flowed some distance along the canal and thence over a small weir into the Tinker’s Leen (where the modern Courts complex is now situated) and so into the Trent just downstream of Trent Bridge.

Recent developments[edit]

Nottingham City Council planning guidance[5] and best practice from the Environment Agency[6] is now to remove culverts, which are expensive to maintain and can cause flooding when they are blocked or damaged. As a result, a number of developments along the course of the Leen now open up previously culverted stetches of the waterway.

A new Tesco development in Bulwell town centre, which received planning permission in 2008, will remove the culvert under the former Kwik Save supermarket.[7]

In Radford, a new student village at Chettle's Yard will open up a long stretch of the river parallel to the railway line.

And the eastern part of the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus opens up a section of the river's urban route through Lenton, a small lake having been created to the rear of the Sir Colin Campbell building, adjacent to the concrete channel (through which the Leen still flows) that was originally built to prevent the flooding of the now-demolished Raleigh cycle factory. The river then passes through several industrial units and under Triumph Road, before re-appearing behind the Nottingham Emergency Medical Services centre (the old AA building) on Derby Road. The Leen is sometimes mistakenly believed to pass through the main part of the Jubilee Campus, but the lake and other water features in that area are artificial in nature.


  • Trent Water Authority – Official Handbook (1973)

External links[edit]

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Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 04:30:03 -0700

English and drama teacher George Harris and her former pupil, 16-year-old Sorrel Lyall, have made it their mission to clean the River Leen, which runs through Bulwell, over the next 12 months. The duo are backing the Post's Good Deeds Notts campaign, ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:11:35 -0700

Five shopping trolleys were dragged from the River Leen as a group of residents braved miserable weather to spruce up their area. Around 40 volunteers gathered on the river bank in Bulwell to pick up litter and clear footpaths. They were all taking ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Mon, 03 Feb 2014 07:40:49 -0800

Follow this path for a short distance, cross Firecrest Way and proceed to Skylark Drive, where you turn right, walking towards the River Leen. Follow the river north towards Bulwell, keeping the river on your right. About 500m south of the train ...


Wed, 28 Oct 2015 03:14:16 -0700

England, Wales and Scotland are on flood alert today as the country is battered by rain. The Environment Agency issued its second most serious warning for 20 areas where flooding is 'expected' and 'immediate action required'. The South West of England ...
Nottingham Post
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:00:00 -0800

When this path rejoins the road, turn left and follow the road for a short distance before turning left again, signposted Broxtowe Country Trail, in front of the Bulwell Riverside building, to return to the River Leen. Continue alongside the river ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:18:19 -0800

You'll see beautiful parts of the River Leen, like this. SHARE PICTURE. Copy link to paste in your message. 8am: There's also an appeal on to find this missing Newark woman, who needs her medication. SHARE PICTURE. Copy link to paste in your message.

Nottingham Post (blog)

Nottingham Post (blog)
Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:56:15 -0800

William Elliot had, in 1780, purchased land around the River Leen to build himself a country estate, with elaborate gardens including an artificial lake. After Elliot's death in 1792, they had been converted into a commercial recreational enterprise by ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:01:41 -0800

The worst winter on record: Great floods after the big freeze. By Nottingham Post | Posted: November 26, 2015. The flooded City Ground in March 1947 and, below, residents of Bulwell were forced to adopt alternative methods of transport after the River ...

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