View of Swale Lower operational catchment

The Lower Swale catchment is largely rural with a number of small settlements, the largest being the market town of Thirsk.  The Hambleton Hills, part of the North York Moors National Park, form the eastern edge of the catchment.  The west of the catchment runs from the mouth of the river Wiske, near Sandhutton down to the confluence with the river Ure at Myton-on-Swale.  The catchment is largely rural and agricultural, although tourism also plays a major role in the economy.

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