electropod 12:35am, 3 December 2009
There are two Swales, they seem to be mixed in together in the pool with the same rnbSwale tag. The North Yorkshire Swale is yer actual river - you know what I mean by river, a piece of fresh water that starts somewhere high up and runs mainly downhill. The Kent Swale was a river once, but after centuries of coastal erosion it is now a stretch of salt water with the sea at both ends.

From the Old English swealwe, rushing water.
peejaybee1 9 years ago
I agree that there is a misconception - I live on the south side of The Swale in Kent although many. especially visitors call it The River Swale - the only way to differentiate with the names - Kent has The Swale, Yorkshire has The River Swale, and to my way of thinking our swale has no place in River Names - do you agree?
Wider World 9 years ago
Apologies that it has taken me so long to spot this discussion. I agree that it is completely mad to call something a river which is salt water at both ends. It is outside the remit of the pool as it came to me on my Boxing Day walk in 2007. On the other hand, it does get called a river, which means images of it will crop up in the pool from time to time. So, my conclusion is that it is best to include it in the huge grey area in this pool - the grey area of estuaries, canalised rivers, artificial rivers (none of which crossed my mind on that Boxing Day walk as I stopped to admire the dribble of a stream at my feet). I will therefore divide the Swales, making it clear that the one in Kent is salt water.
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