Many thanks to The Trout Hotel
for facilitating this camera's location. The Derwent, located in the Lake District of Cumbria in northern England, is a river whose name originates from a Celtic term meaning 'oak trees'. It originates from Styhead Tarn beneath Scafell Pike and flows northward through the Borrowdale valley, passing through Derwentwater, which derives its name from the river. Continuing its course, the Derwent reaches Bassenthwaite Lake, where it merges with the waters of the River Greta just outside Keswick. Another tributary, the River Cocker, joins the Derwent at Cockermouth, which the river traverses after exiting Bassenthwaite Lake, now flowing westward. As the river departs Cockermouth, it passes by Papcastle, where a Roman fort bears its name.The Farson webcam, situated at The Trout Hotel, is utilized to monitor weather conditions and water levels for potential flooding. Cockermouth endured significant damage during the nationwide flood that occurred on November 19 and 20, 2009. More than 200 individuals required rescue, with helicopters from RAF Valley, RAF Boulmer, and RAF Leconfield saving approximately 50 people, while the rest were rescued by boats, including those operated by the RNLI. Water levels in the town center rose as high as 2.50 meters (8 ft 2 in) and flowed at a velocity of 25 knots. Numerous historic buildings on and near Main Street suffered severe damage, along with several bridges in and around the town. The recovery process following the devastation was slow, with residents temporarily relocated to alternative accommodations and some businesses temporarily operating from Mitchells auction mart. By the summer of 2011, most of the damage had been repaired, and buildings were reoccupied, although some remained vacant or boarded up. Flooding recurred in 2015 when the River Derwent breached its banks on December 5, affecting several hundred homes and businesses.