River Don, Yorkshire

River Don
Doncaster - Don Footbridge & View to Newton.jpg
A footbridge, looking towards Newton
Physical characteristics
Main sourcePennines
53°31′08″N 1°45′43″W / 53°31′08″N 1°45′43″W / 53.519; -1.762
River mouthRiver Trent/River Ouse
53°41′49″N 0°52′01″W / 53°41′49″N 0°52′01″W / 53.697; -0.867
Length70 mi (110 km)

The River Don (also called Dun in some stretches) is a river in South Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It rises in the Pennines and flows for 70 miles (110 km) eastwards, through the Don Valley, via Penistone, Sheffield, Rotherham, Mexborough, Conisbrough, Doncaster and Stainforth. It originally joined the Trent, but was re-engineered by Cornelius Vermuyden as the Dutch River in the 1620s, and now joins the River Ouse at Goole. Don Valley is the local UK parliamentary constituency near the Doncaster stretch of the river.


The Don derives its name from Dôn (or Danu), a Celtic mother goddess. The river gave its name to the Don River, one of the principal rivers of Toronto, Canada.