This is a list of rivers of England
, organised geographically
and taken anti-clockwise around the English coast where the various rivers discharge into the surrounding seas, from the Solway Firth
on the Scottish border to the Welsh Dee
on the Welsh border, and again from the Wye
on the Welsh border anti-clockwise to the Tweed
on the Scottish border.
Tributaries are listed down the page in an upstream direction. The main stem
(or principal) river of a catchment
is labelled as (MS), left-bank tributaries are indicated by (L), right-bank tributaries by (R). Note that in general usage, the 'left (or right) bank of a river' refers to the left (or right) hand bank, as seen when looking downstream. Where a named river splits (when viewed upstream) into two differently named rivers these are labelled as (Ls) and (Rs) for the left and right forks. A prime example is the split of the River Tyne
(MS) into the South Tyne (Rs) and the North Tyne (Ls) near Hexham
. Those few watercourses (mainly in the Thames catchment) which branch off a major channel and then rejoin it or another watercourse further downstream are known as distributaries
and are labelled (d).
The list is (or at least will be when completed) essentially a list of the main rivers
of England (as defined by the Environment Agency
) and which includes those named watercourses for which the Environment Agency has a flood defence function. Difficulties arise otherwise in determining what should and what should not... Read More