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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; -1.1585
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
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:14:32 -0800

Situated off Birdcage Walk alongside the River Leen on the edge of the Riverside Industrial Park in the Lenton area of Nottingham, King's Meadow is a unique urban nature reserve. The site covers just over a hectare and shows how nature can return to an ...

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, 12 Nov 2014 01:55:12 -0800

The River Leen emerged from under a railway bridge near the Basford Library and went in the first instance towards the watermill, running completely under it through a tunnel and continuing towards Nottingham Road. The area was always flooding from the ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:19:16 -0700

But the incident took a strange turn when the majority of the slabs were discovered dumped on a pathway that runs along the River Leen behind the church. Mr Stafford said: “About 2.20pm on the day I discovered the slabs were gone, a dog walker came ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 04:30:09 -0700

... the day with a “severe risk” of flooding in parts of Nottinghamshire. The rain is forecast to continue until 10pm with gale force winds during the evening as well. The Environment Agency has said floods are expected later today in Bulwell near the ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:17:39 -0700

From their boundary, marked by the course of the River Leen, down to the River Trent was open ground. The track that was to become Canal Street was formed along that Grey Friars boundary, leading from London Road, but it did not take on the shape and ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:36:52 -0700

The Bridleway, off Skylark Drive, is popular with dog walkers and cyclists as it leads through the Mill Street recreation ground and down to the River Leen. But locals fear the large trees that line the path are dangerously overgrown, blocking the ...
Nottingham Post
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:09:42 -0800

Three courses and drinks £25. Arrival at 7pm, dinner served at 7.30pm. Bulwell: TravelRight accessible Walk. join TravelRight for a wheelchair-friendly, easy-paced walk alongside the River Leen. Wheelchair users, carers and relatives are all welcome ...

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