- Rivers of Kent
There are four rivers draining the county of
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 Ridgein the parish of Ighthamand enters the Medway upstream of East Peckham, near Tonbridge.
River Teise(pronounced "tice" or "teeze") begins in Dunorlan Parkin 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.
River Beult(pronounced "belt") has its several sources west of Ashford, and then flows through Headcornand 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
Maidstonerunning 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.
Its catchment area covers the eastern part of Kent.
Tributaries of the River Stour
River Upper Great Stour- flowing from near Lenhamto 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 Thanetfrom Kent.
Whitewater Dyke- running from Shadoxhurstto Ashford
Ruckinge Dyke- from north of Hamstreetto Ashford
Aylesford Stream- its source is north of Sevingtonto Willesborough
Its tributary is the
A minor river from
Temple Ewellto Dover
Wealden river. It is included here since for part of its journey near Bodiamit forms the boundary between Kentand East Sussex.
* [http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~srmulti/medway/ Includes map of catchment area, River Medway]
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