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The underlying stone is exposed at the foot of a low cliff cut in the dark silt of the bank opposite. I think this is the flaggy top of a bed of sandstone that crosses the valley here, but I know there are also quantities of gravel beneath the valley bottom fields.
The river has a natural look. Although the channel has probably been straightened on this section, the river has started to erode its bank on the far side and has deposited a shingle bar near its centre. The shingle is building slowly upstream. Most of the long thin island is now grass covered and a few young willows grow at the downstream end.
The scene has elements of a natural river, such as you'd see on Speyside, Scotland. But turn around and there's a concrete and breeze block wall topped off with barbed wire and broken glass. A multi-trunked Alder and a stand of Japanese Knotweed grow by the old woollen mill, further along near the joinery shop a Crack Willow spreads its branches out over the river.