Addingham 4 Becks

Project Overview

The overall aim of the project is to recognise the place that the four becks (Town Beck, Back Beck, Lumb Gill Beck and Wine Beck) have in Addingham and the wider countryside and to make them a focal point of the village and surrounding countryside with residents understanding their value in terms of habitat, biodiversity, water quality and their role in reducing flood risk.

There are worries about climate change and the prospect that the becks running through Addingham are increasingly unable to deal with severe storms without causing flood damage to properties.  Boxing Day 2015 was the most recent example of flooding when there was a combination of surface water, rising groundwater and becks bursting out of their banks.   

Today the becks are enjoyed simply for their presence and for the wildlife they contain. In the past Town Beck was valued for the energy it provided to drive water wheels, allowing Addingham to become a successful, and indeed famous, centre for textile manufacture. Now that function has gone the becks have become neglected.


The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust is looking into the 4 becks in the Addingham area, focusing on the objective improved flood resilience through surveys and by educating the community on what they can do to help. The work during the project will look to identify areas to improve flood resilience through Natural Flood Management (NFM) and Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS). 


Flood Resilience

Flood resilience is a key contemporary issue in Addingham, especially after the Boxing Day flooding that the village suffered in 2015. The project has looked at mapping flows and restrictions on the 4 becks to look at where flood resilience actions can be most effectively placed in the future.

Future phases of the project will be looking to implement SuDS in Addingham and NFM measures in areas of the beck catchments that can help to reduce flood risk in the village.

Water Quality

What is the current status of the becks?

As one of the key objectives of the project, water quality data was collected through water samples taken with the help of the Beck Stewards. Samples were taken along all 4 becks of the Addingham area looking into factors such as nitrogen, phosphorus and inverts.

Comment on results of water quality analysis.

Slider of maps/posters showing water quality results potentially???


Implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in Addingham is a multi-benefit method of looking to slow the flow of surface water travelling into the 4 becks. SuDS use natural processes to act as stores of water within a catchment. Furthermore, SuDS do not just act to slow the flow of water reaching the becks but the natural processes will improve the water quality as nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus are removed before impacting the watercourse.

Text surrounding SuDS for Addingham, benefits of SuDS…

Images to the right, gallery of various SuDS images, image of a SuDS in Addingham???

Link to SuDS leaflet and others???

Walking Maps

Link/embed walking route maps for the becks and around Addingham.

Further Information

Links to documents such as data and report