Many thanks to The Horseshoe Hotel
for facilitating this camera's location and to the Esk Fishing Association for capitally funding the installation.
The utilization of the Farson Digital webcam will play a role in monitoring water levels and assessing the potential for downstream flooding. Additionally, it serves as a valuable tool for making informed decisions regarding travel to Egton Bridge for fishing activities.The River Esk, originating in the elevated region of Esklets at 251 meters above sea level, holds the esteemed position of being Yorkshire's premier river for salmon and sea trout. Its meandering 28-mile (45 km) course gracefully traverses the scenic North York Moors National Park before converging with the North Sea at Whitby. The catchment area of the river is predominantly situated within the boundaries of the North York Moors National Park, characterized by unspoiled expanses of heather moorland, verdant valleys, and captivating stone-built villages.The Yorkshire Esk serves as a vital habitat for a diverse range of wildlife, heavily reliant on its existence for their survival. This includes species such as Atlantic salmon, sea trout, native brown trout, grayling, brook lamprey, sand martins, dippers, kingfishers, water voles, and an increasing population of otters. Notably, the river is home to the endangered freshwater pearl mussel, an enchanting species found in Yorkshire and only six other rivers throughout England. Furthermore, the Yorkshire Esk and its associated coastal streams are predominantly encompassed within the expansive boundaries of the North York Moors National Park, boasting the largest expanse of heather moorland in England and Wales.Acknowledged for its ecological significance, the River Esk catchment and its associated ecosystems hold significant importance. A considerable portion of the North York Moors has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, as well as a European Special Protection Area, specifically safeguarding nesting ground birds such as the merlin and golden plover.