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List of main rivers of England
This is a list of rivers of England. It includes all the main rivers, but usually not the tributaries
- 1 Rivers discharging into the Irish Sea
- 2 Rivers discharging into the Bristol Channel and Southwest Approaches
- 3 Rivers discharging into the English Channel
- 4 Rivers discharging into the North Sea
- 5 References
Rivers discharging into the Irish Sea
This section includes all rivers entering the Irish Sea from England between the Scottish border and the Welsh border.
Flowing into the Solway Firth
Border Esk catchment
The lowest reaches of the Esk are in England but most of the river is in Scotland whilst a short section is followed by the England/Scotland border. Tributaries of the Esk which are wholly in Scotland are omitted from this list but may be found at List of rivers of Scotland.
Most upstream tributaries of the Esk are wholly in Scotland.
Flowing into the Irish Sea
Cumbrian Esk catchment
Flowing into Morecambe Bay
Lancashire and Cheshire Coast
The Dee and most of its tributaries arise in Wales. Though a section of it passes through England, it passes into Wales once again before discharging into the Irish Sea via the Dee estuary. For other rivers entering the Irish Sea and Cardigan Bay from Wales, see List of rivers of Wales. Only those tributaries of the River Dee which flow wholly or partly in England are listed here - for a complete list of the rivers and watercourses of the Dee catchment see List of rivers of Wales.
All further upstream tributaries of the Dee are wholly in Wales.
Rivers discharging into the Bristol Channel and Southwest Approaches
Rivers Severn and Wye
The lowermost Wye forms the boundary between England and Wales. Only those tributaries of the River Wye which flow wholly or partly in England are listed here - for a complete list of the rivers and watercourses of the Wye catchment and for other rivers entering the Bristol Channel from Wales see List of rivers of Wales.
All further upstream tributaries of the Wye are wholly in Wales.
The River Severn upstream of the M48 Severn Bridge. This section includes all tributaries of the Severn which lie wholly or partly in England. For tributaries of the Severn which lie partly or wholly within Wales, see List of rivers of Wales.
- River Severn (Afon Hafren)
With the exception of the Morda and parts of the Camlad, Tanat and Cynllaith all tributaries of the Severn and Vyrnwy upstream of their confluence are in Wales. They can be found here.
Bristol Avon catchment
Heddon, Umber & Wilder catchments
Atlantic Coast of Devon and North Cornwall
Rivers discharging into the English Channel
This section includes all rivers entering the sea along England's south coast.
South Coast of Cornwall and Devon
St Austell River catchment
Erme & Avon catchments etc.
Coast of Dorset and Hampshire
- River Brit (or Britt)
Piddle catchment etc.
Dorset Stour catchment
Hampshire Avon catchment
- River Avon (Also known as the Salisbury Avon)
Isle of Wight
Medina catchment etc.
Newtown River catchment
- Newtown River (MS)
Western Yar catchment
Eastern Yar catchment etc.
Wootton Creek catchment etc.
Coast of South East England
All rivers discharging into the English Channel and Straits of Dover between Hayling Island on the Hampshire/Sussex border and Foreness Point at the northeast corner of Kent. This section includes the entire coast of Sussex and the south and east coasts of Kent.
Pevensey Haven catchment
Wallers Haven catchment
Combe Haven catchment
Rivers discharging into the North Sea
This section includes all of the rivers along England's east coast.
Thames EstuaryAll rivers discharging into the Thames and Medway and their estuaries. This section includes the coast of Kent west of Foreness Point at the northeast corner of Kent and the south coast of Essex, west of Shoeburyness. But see also
- River Medway (shares the Thames estuary)
- River Thames (In Oxford, the Thames is also known as the River Isis)
East Anglian Coast
Great Ouse catchment
Lincolnshire Coast and The Wash
The Haven catchment
Tetney Haven catchment
This section includes all rivers entering the Humber, defined as the estuary west of a line between Spurn Head and Cleethorpes. The Humber is often referred to as the River Humber though the name is unusual insofar as it is an entirely tidal stretch of water formed as the Rivers Ouse and Trent combine at Trent Falls.
Yorkshire Ouse catchment
Sands Drain catchment
Barmston Main Drain catchment
Yorkshire Esk catchment
Skelton Beck catchment
North East England
Tributaries of the Tweed which are wholly in Scotland are omitted from this list but may be found in the List of rivers of Scotland.
All further upstream tributaries of the Tweed are wholly in Scotland.