Rivers of Kent

Rivers of Kent

There are four rivers draining the county of Kent, England.

River Medway

This is the main river, whose catchment area covers almost 25% of the county. The detailed map has a diagram of that catchment area, which includes its main tributaries: the rivers Eden, Bourne (or Shode), Teise, Beult, Loose and Len.

Tributaries of the River Medway

*The River Eden
*The River Bourne begins its course west of Oldbury Hill on the Greensand Ridge in the parish of Ightham and enters the Medway upstream of East Peckham, near Tonbridge.
*The River Teise (pronounced "tice" or "teeze") begins in Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells [http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199899/cmselect/cmenvtra/477/477mem24.htm The source of the Teise. ¶13.] and flows eastwards through Lamberhurst, passing Bayham Abbey. Here the small River Bewl , on which is the reservoir Bewl Water, joins the Teise. The Teise bifurcates 2km SW of Marden, the minor stream flows directly to Twyford Bridge, Yalding, while the major stream joins the River Beult at Hunton, 1.5km downstream from Yalding.
*The River Beult (pronounced "belt") has its several sources west of Ashford, and then flows through Headcorn and where it is joined by the major stream of the Teise. The river enters the Medway at Yalding.
*The River Loose is a relatively short river starting near Langley south east of Maidstone running west through Loose and joining the Medway at Tovil.
*The River Len has its source at a small watershed south of Lenham. A nearby stream is one of the sources of the Great Stour. The Len flows in a westerly direction and joins the Medway at Maidstone.

River Stour

Its catchment area covers the eastern part of Kent.

Tributaries of the River Stour

*River Upper Great Stour - flowing from near Lenham to Ashford.
*River East Stour - rising near Hythe to Ashford.
*River Great Stour - Ashford to north west of Canterbury.
*River Little Stour - north of Hythe to join the Great Stour at Plucks Gutter, north west of Canterbury.
*River Wantsum - part of the old Wantsum Channel separating the Isle of Thanet from Kent.
*Whitewater Dyke - running from Shadoxhurst to Ashford
*Ruckinge Dyke - from north of Hamstreet to Ashford
*Aylesford Stream - its source is north of Sevington to Willesborough

River Darent

Its tributary is the River Cray.

River Dour

A minor river from Temple Ewell to Dover

River Rother

A Wealden river. It is included here since for part of its journey near Bodiam it forms the boundary between Kent and East Sussex.


External links

* [http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~srmulti/medway/ Includes map of catchment area, River Medway]

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