Area of origin

Scotland, NW England

Area of use

Scotland, NW England

A shallow place to ford a river or the sea.

The “Sandy Wath” in George MacDonald Frazer’s The Steel Bonnets which is the definitive history of the Border Reivers. Solway was originally Sulwathe possibly meaning in Old English muddy ford. King Edward I of England died on Burgh Marsh nr Carlisle in 1307 as he attempted to cross one of the waths (fords) across the Solway. There was the Sandy Wath and the Stoney Wath plus one other. [C.F.]



Example locations

  • Sandy Wath/Bowness wath
    Bowness, Solway
  • Longwath
    Wigton, Cumbria

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Entry contributors:

Chester Forster