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The River Severn
River Severn
(Welsh: Afon Hafren, Latin: Sabrina) is a river in the United Kingdom. At about 220 miles (354 km), it is usually considered to be the longest in the UK.[4][5] It rises at an altitude of 2,001 feet (610 m) on Plynlimon, close to the Ceredigion/Powys border near Llanidloes, in the Cambrian Mountains
Cambrian Mountains
of mid Wales. It then flows through Shropshire, Worcestershire
Worcestershire
and Gloucestershire, with the county towns of Shrewsbury, Worcester
Worcester
and Gloucester
Gloucester
on its banks. With an average discharge of 107 m3/s (3,800 cu ft/s) at Apperley, Gloucestershire, the Severn is the greatest river in terms of water flow in England
England
and Wales. The river is usually considered to become the Severn Estuary
Severn Estuary
after the Second Severn Crossing
Second Severn Crossing
between Severn Beach, South Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
and Sudbrook, Monmouthshire. The river then discharges into the Bristol Channel which in turn discharges into the Celtic Sea
Celtic Sea
and the wider Atlantic Ocean. The Severn's drainage basin area is 4,409 square miles (11,419 km2), excluding the River Wye
River Wye
and Bristol
Bristol
Avon which flow into the Severn Estuary. The major tributaries to the Severn are the Vyrnwy, Clywedog, Teme, Avon and Stour.

Contents

1 Etymology and mythology 2 Tributary rivers 3 Settlements 4 Transport

4.1 Bridges 4.2 Rail 4.3 Disasters 4.4 Navigation 4.5 Locks 4.6 Associated canals 4.7 Passenger transport

4.7.1 The tidal river 4.7.2 The upper river

5 Severn Estuary 6 Severn Sea 7 Severn bore 8 Industry 9 Wildlife 10 Literary and musical allusions 11 See also 12 References 13 External links

Etymology and mythology[edit] The name Severn is thought to derive from a Celtic original name *sabrinnā, of uncertain meaning.[6] That name then developed in different languages to become Sabrina to the Romans, Hafren in Welsh, and Severn in English. A folk etymology later developed, deriving the name from a mythical story of a nymph, Sabrina, who drowned in the river.[7] Sabrina is also the goddess of the River Severn
River Severn
in Celtic mythology. The story of Sabrina is featured in Milton's Comus.[8] There is a statue of Sabrina in the Dingle Gardens at the Quarry, Shrewsbury, as well as a metal sculpture erected in 2013 also in the town.[9] As the Severn becomes tidal the associated deity changed to Nodens, who was represented mounted on a seahorse, riding on the crest of the Severn bore.[10] Tributary rivers[edit] The River Stour rises in the north of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
in the Clent Hills, near St Kenelm's Church at Romsley. It flows north into the adjacent West Midlands at Halesowen. It then flows westwards through Cradley Heath
Cradley Heath
and Stourbridge
Stourbridge
where it leaves the Black Country. It is joined by the Smestow Brook at Prestwood before it winds around southwards to Kinver, and then flows back into Worcestershire. It then passes through Wolverley, Kidderminster
Kidderminster
and Wilden to its confluence with the Severn at Stourport-on-Severn. The River Vyrnwy, which begins at Lake Vyrnwy, flows eastwards through Powys
Powys
before forming part of the border between England
England
and Wales, joining the Severn near Melverley, Shropshire. The Rea Brook
Rea Brook
flows north from its source in the Stiperstones
Stiperstones
and joins the Severn at Shrewsbury. The River Tern, after flowing south from Market Drayton and being joined by the River Meese
River Meese
and the River Roden, meets the Severn at Attingham Park. The River Worfe
River Worfe
joins the Severn, just above Bridgnorth. The River Stour rising on the Clent Hills
Clent Hills
and flowing through Halesowen, Stourbridge, and Kidderminster, joins the Severn at Stourport. On the opposite bank, the tributaries are only brooks, Borle Brook, Dowles Brook draining the Wyre Forest, Dick Brook
Dick Brook
and Shrawley Brook. The River Teme
River Teme
flows eastwards from its source in Mid Wales, straddling the border between Shropshire
Shropshire
and Herefordshire, it is joined by the River Onny, River Corve
River Corve
and River Rea before it finally joins the Severn slightly downstream of Worcester. Shit Brook near Much Wenlock
Much Wenlock
was culverted to flow into the Severn. One of the several rivers named Avon, in this case the Warwickshire Avon, flows west through Rugby, Warwick
Warwick
and Stratford-upon-Avon. It is then joined by its tributary the River Arrow, before finally joining the Severn at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. The port of Bristol
Bristol
is on the Severn Estuary, where another River Avon flows into it through the Avon Gorge. The River Wye, from its source in Plynlimon, Wales
Wales
(2 miles (3 km) from the source of the Severn), flows generally south east through the Welsh towns of Rhayader
Rhayader
and Builth Wells. It enters Herefordshire, flows through Hereford, and is shortly afterwards joined by the River Lugg, before flowing through Ross-on-Wye
Ross-on-Wye
and Monmouth, and then southwards where it forms part of the boundary between England
England
(Forest of Dean) and Wales. It flows into the Severn near the town of Chepstow, slightly upstream of the Bristol
Bristol
Avon on the opposite bank. The River Usk
River Usk
flows into the Severn Estuary
Severn Estuary
just south of Newport. The Rad Brook
Rad Brook
is a small river in Shropshire, England. It flows through Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and enters the River Severn
River Severn
there. Settlements[edit]

Post marked as the source of the River Severn
River Severn
on Plynlimon, Wales. The wording is in both English and Welsh.

Play media

Rowing boat (8-man + cox) at Worcester

Worcester
Worcester
Cathedral overlooking the Severn

High Town, Bridgnorth.

Below is a list of major towns and cities that the Severn flows through (in order running downstream): Through Powys:

Llanidloes Newtown Welshpool

Through Shropshire:

Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
(county town) Ironbridge Bridgnorth

Through Worcestershire:

Bewdley Stourport Worcester
Worcester
(county town) Upton

Through Gloucestershire:

Tewkesbury Gloucester
Gloucester
(county town)

Transport[edit] Bridges[edit]

The Welsh Bridge
Welsh Bridge
(background) and Frankwell
Frankwell
Footbridge (foreground) in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

The Severn bridged by the A49 road
A49 road
just outside Shrewsbury. The village of Uffington, Shropshire
Shropshire
is in the foreground.

Main article: Crossings of the River Severn The Severn is bridged at many places, and many of these bridges are notable in their own right, with several designed and built by the engineer Thomas Telford. There also is the famous Iron Bridge at Ironbridge, which was the world's first iron arch bridge. The two major road bridges of the Severn crossing
Severn crossing
link Wales
Wales
with the southern counties of England.

Severn Bridge
Severn Bridge
— opened in 1966 carrying what is now the M48 Second Severn Crossing
Second Severn Crossing
— opened in 1996 carrying the M4 motorway

Prior to the construction of the first bridge in 1966, the channel was crossed by the Aust
Aust
Ferry. Other notable bridges include:

Buttington
Buttington
Bridge — built in 1872 Montford Bridge — Thomas Telford's first ever bridge design, built between 1790 and 1792 Welsh Bridge
Welsh Bridge
(pictured) — in the centre of Shrewsbury, built in 1795 at a cost of £8,000 English Bridge
English Bridge
— also in Shrewsbury, designed and completed in 1774 by John Gwynn Atcham
Atcham
Bridges — the old one built in 1774, while the newer one in 1929 carries the B4380 Albert Edward Bridge — in Coalbrookdale, a railway bridge opened in 1864 Coalport
Coalport
Bridge — like its neighbour Ironbridge, is made of cast iron, built in 1818 Bewdley
Bewdley
Bridge — designed by Telford, completed in 1798 Holt Fleet
Holt Fleet
Bridge — in Worcestershire
Worcestershire
and designed by Telford and opened in 1828 Upton Town Bridge — built in 1940, the only bridge to cross between Worcester
Worcester
and Tewkesbury Queenshill Viaduct — carries the M50 between Junction 1 and 2 Mythe Bridge
Mythe Bridge
— designed by Telford and opened in April 1826, located in Tewkesbury Haw Bridge — a steel beam bridge, west of Tewkesbury Maisemore
Maisemore
Bridge — carries the A417 and is a single masonry arch, dating back to 1230. Over Bridge
Over Bridge
— single masonry arch, built by Telford Over Rail Bridge — carrying the Gloucester
Gloucester
to Newport Line, currently the last bridge before the Severn Crossings, which is 30 miles (48 km) downstream Severn Rail Bridge
Severn Rail Bridge
— linking the Forest of Dean
Forest of Dean
to Sharpness
Sharpness
docks, partially collapsed in 1960 and was dismantled in 1967–70

Rail[edit] The Severn Tunnel, completed in 1886 by John Hawkshaw
John Hawkshaw
on behalf of the Great Western Railway, lies near the Second Severn Crossing
Second Severn Crossing
road bridge, and carries the South Wales
Wales
Main Line section of the Great Western Main Line under the channel. The original line built before the Severn Tunnel
Severn Tunnel
was the South Wales
Wales
Railway from Gloucester, that followed the estuary alongside present day stations of Lydney, Chepstow, Caldicot and Severn Tunnel
Severn Tunnel
Junction to Newport. Cars could also be transported through the Severn Tunnel. In the 1950s three trains a day made round trips between Severn Tunnel
Severn Tunnel
Junction and Pilning. The vehicles were loaded onto open flat bed carriages and pulled by a small pannier tank locomotive, although sometimes they were joined to a scheduled passenger train. The prudent owner paid to cover the vehicle with a sheet, as sparks often flew when the steam locomotive tackled the slope leading to the tunnel exit. A railway coach was provided for passengers and drivers. Reservations could be made and the fee for the car was about thirty shillings (£1.50) in the early 1950s. Disasters[edit]

Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury
during the 2007 floods

There have been many disasters on the Severn and it has claimed many lives (figures vary depending on how it is recorded, circa 300 people), especially during the 20th century. The Severn Railway Bridge was badly damaged by the collision of two river barges in 1960, which led to its demolition in 1970. Five crew members of both the Arkendale H and Wastdale H died in the accident.[11] More recently the river flooded during the 2007 United Kingdom
United Kingdom
floods. Navigation[edit]

Navigation light on Chapel Rock near Beachley

There is a public right of navigation between Pool Quay, near Welshpool, and Stourport. However this stretch of the river has little traffic, other than small boats, canoes and some tour boats in Shrewsbury. Below Stourport, where the river is more navigable for larger craft, users must obtain permits from the Canal & River Trust, who are the navigation authority. During spring freshet the river can be closed to navigation. At Upper Parting above Gloucester, the river divides into two, and flows either side of Alney Island
Alney Island
to Lower Parting. The West Channel is no longer navigable. The East Channel is navigable as far as Gloucester
Gloucester
Docks, from where the Gloucester
Gloucester
and Sharpness
Sharpness
Canal provides a navigable channel south. Between the docks and Lower Parting Llanthony Weir marks the Normal Tidal Limit (NTL) of the East Channel of the river.[12] In the tidal section of the river below Gloucester, the Gloucester Harbour Trustees are the competent harbour authority. The Trustees maintain navigation lights at various points along the river (including on Chapel Rock and Lyde Rock, and leading lights at Slime Road, Sheperdine and Berkeley Pill). Locks[edit] There are locks on the lower Severn to enable seagoing boats to reach as far as Stourport. The most northerly lock is at Lincombe, about 1 mile (1.6 km) downstream from Stourport. Associated canals[edit]

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River Severn

Legend

Bewdley

Limit of navigation

Stourport-on-Severn

Stourport
Stourport
basins

Staffordshire and Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Canal

Lincombe lock

Holt lock

River Salwarpe

Droitwich Canal

Bevere lock and weir

Cotswold Line

Worcester

Worcester
Worcester
and Birmingham Canal

Diglis weir and locks

River Avon

Avon lock

Tewkesbury

Upper Lode lock

Coombe Hill Canal

Maisemore
Maisemore
weir and lock

Herefordshire
Herefordshire
and Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
Canal

South Wales
Wales
Railway

Llanthony lock

Llanthony weir

Gloucester
Gloucester
lock

Gloucester
Gloucester
Dock and Victoria Basin

Gloucester
Gloucester
and Sharpness
Sharpness
Canal

New Swing Bridge

Stroudwater Canal

River Severn

Sharpness
Sharpness
Old Lock

Sharpness
Sharpness
Lock

Lydney
Lydney
Canal

Severn Bridge
Severn Bridge
M48 motorway

River Wye

Second Severn Crossing
Second Severn Crossing
M4 motorway

Severn Estuary

River Avon

Bristol
Bristol
Channel

The Staffordshire and Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Canal, the Worcester
Worcester
and Birmingham Canal, (both narrow beam) and the Herefordshire
Herefordshire
and Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
Canal join the Severn at Stourport, Worcester
Worcester
and Gloucester
Gloucester
respectively. The Droitwich Barge Canal, a broad beam canal, joins the Severn at Hawford, near to the River Salwarpe, and connects to the Droitwich Canal
Droitwich Canal
(narrow beam) in the name town, which then forms a link to the Worcester
Worcester
and Birmingham Canal. The two Droitwich canals re-opened in 2010 after major restoration. The Gloucester
Gloucester
and Sharpness
Sharpness
Canal connects the Severn at Gloucester to the Severn at Sharpness, avoiding a stretch of the tidal river which is dangerous to navigate. The Stroudwater Navigation
Stroudwater Navigation
used to join the tidal Severn at Framilode, but since the 1920s has connected to the Severn only via the Gloucester
Gloucester
and Sharpness
Sharpness
Canal. The Lydney Canal
Lydney Canal
is a short canal which connects Lydney
Lydney
to the river. The section of the river between Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury
and Worcester
Worcester
forms part of the Avon Ring, a 109-mile (175 km) circular cruising route which includes 129 locks and covers parts of three other waterways. Passenger transport[edit] The tidal river[edit] Paddle steamers were operated in the Severn Estuary
Severn Estuary
from the mid 19th century to the late 1970s by P and A Campbell of Bristol. The vessels, Cardiff
Cardiff
Queen, Bristol
Bristol
Queen, Glen Usk, Glen Gower and Britannia all operated on this route in the 1950s and 1960s. Since 1986 Waverley Excursions has operated occasional sailings to Sharpness
Sharpness
and Lydney
Lydney
by the MV Balmoral.[13] A number of ferries were also operated on the tidal river, for example at New Passage, Purton and Arlingham. The last ferry was the Aust Ferry, which closed in 1966 when the Severn Bridge
Severn Bridge
opened. One of the Aust
Aust
ferries, Severn Princess, is still in Chepstow
Chepstow
although largely derelict. The upper river[edit] In Worcester, the Worcester
Worcester
River Cruises have boat trips up and down the river between Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury
and Stourport, operating the boats The Pride of the Midlands and The Earl Grosvenor.[14] The Cathedral Ferry, a foot passenger ferry, also operates on summer weekends from the steps of Worcester
Worcester
Cathedral.[citation needed] In Shropshire
Shropshire
the Hampton Loade Ferry
Hampton Loade Ferry
operated across the river though it has not been run recently (as of 2017) prompting speculation that it is permanently closed. This has not been confirmed by any reliable news sources but according to the nearby Severn Valley
Severn Valley
Railway it has ceased operation.[15]. In Shrewsbury, boat trips around the loop of the town centre are at present provided by the Sabrina and depart from Victoria Quay near the Welsh Bridge
Welsh Bridge
during the summer.[16] Severn Estuary[edit] Main article: Severn Estuary

The Severn bridges crossing near the mouth of the River Severn

The river becomes tidal close to Maisemore, on the West Channel just north of Gloucester, and at Llanthony Weir on the East Channel. The tidal river downstream from Gloucester
Gloucester
is sometimes referred to as the Severn Estuary, but the river is usually considered to become the Severn Estuary
Severn Estuary
after the Second Severn Crossing
Second Severn Crossing
near Severn Beach, South Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
(the point to which the jurisdiction of the Gloucester
Gloucester
Harbour Trustees extends), or at Aust, the site of the Severn Bridge. The Severn Estuary
Severn Estuary
extends to a line from Lavernock Point
Lavernock Point
(south of Cardiff) to Sand Point near Weston-super-Mare. West of this line is the Bristol
Bristol
Channel. In the Severn Estuary
Severn Estuary
(or the Bristol
Bristol
Channel in the last two cases, depending where the boundary is drawn) are the rocky islands called Denny Island, Steep Holm
Steep Holm
and Flat Holm. The estuary is about 2 miles (3 km) wide at Aust, and about 9 miles (14 km) wide between Cardiff
Cardiff
and Weston-super-Mare. Severn Sea[edit] Main article: Bristol
Bristol
Channel Until Tudor times the Bristol
Bristol
Channel was known as the Severn Sea, and it is still known as this in both Welsh and Cornish (Môr Hafren and Mor Havren respectively, with Môr meaning Sea). During the 18th century, the Devon, Somerset
Somerset
and Exmoor
Exmoor
coastline was full of smugglers. Coastguards patrolled the shores all night in all weathers, one man for every 1⁄4 mile (400 m) of the path. Almost every officer and man in the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
must have taken part either in smuggling or in its prevention. The resulting skill in foul weather seamanship and coastal raiding certainly contributed to the Navy's success against Napoleon Bonaparte.[citation needed] Severn bore[edit] Main article: Severn bore

Bore hitting the riverbank in 1994

A curious phenomenon associated with the lower reaches of the Severn is the tidal bore,[17] which forms somewhat upstream of the port of Sharpness. It is frequently asserted that the river's estuary, which empties into the Bristol
Bristol
Channel, has the second largest tidal range in the world—48 feet (15 m),[18][19] exceeded only by the Bay of Fundy. However a tidal range greater than that of the Severn is recorded from the lesser known Ungava Bay
Ungava Bay
in Canada.[20] During the highest tides, the rising water is funnelled up the Severn estuary into a wave that travels rapidly upstream against the river current. The largest bores occur in spring, but smaller ones can be seen throughout the year. The bore is accompanied by a rapid rise in water level which continues for about one and a half hours after the bore has passed. Industry[edit] A 3-mile (4.8 km) stretch of the River Severn
River Severn
in Shropshire, is known as Ironbridge
Ironbridge
Gorge. It was designated a World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
by UNESCO
UNESCO
in 1986. Its historic importance is due to its role as the centre of the iron industry in the early stages of the Industrial Revolution. The gorge and the village of Ironbridge
Ironbridge
get their name from the Iron Bridge across the Severn, built in 1779, which was the first cast-iron arch bridge ever constructed.[21] Wildlife[edit] The sides of the estuary are also important feeding grounds for waders, notably at the Bridgwater Bay
Bridgwater Bay
National Nature Reserve and the Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust. River shingle habitat can also be found on the lower estuary, notable for its population of the endangered 5-spot Ladybird.[22] Literary and musical allusions[edit] The River Severn
River Severn
is named several times in A.E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad (1896): "It dawns in Asia, tombstones show/And Shropshire
Shropshire
names are read;/And the Nile spills his overflow/Beside the Severn's dead" (“1887"); "Severn stream" (“The Welsh Marches"); and "Severn shore" (“Westward from the high-hilled plain...”). In William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Henry Hotspur Percy
Henry Hotspur Percy
recalls the valor of Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March
Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March
in a long battle against Welshman Owain Glyndŵr
Owain Glyndŵr
upon the Severn's banks, claiming the flooding Severn "affrighted with (the warriors') bloody looks ran fearfully among the trembling reeds and hid his crisp head in the hollow bank, bloodstained with these valiant combatants." The Severn was the inspiration for a number of works by Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
composer Ivor Gurney, including the songs "Western Sailors" (1925) and "Severn Meadows" (1917). Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
writer and poet Brian Waters published Severn Tide with J. M. Dent in 1947 and followed it with Severn Stream in 1949. With anecdotal stories about his travels, both books tell of the lives of the people who lived and worked on and along the river, describing the landscape with a poet's eye. Waters links Nodens
Nodens
with the Seven Bore and the association of the Celtic deity with the river is explored at length by Rogers.[8] Several 20th century English composers wrote works inspired by the river. Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) wrote A Severn Rhapsody, his Opus 3, in 1923; taking the Severn River and its surrounding countryside as his inspiration. Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar
(1857-1934) wrote The Severn Suite, Opus 87, in 1930. Elgar lived much of both his early life and his later life near Worcester, through which the Severn runs. Herbert Howells (1892-1983), born close to the Severn in Lydney, wrote the complex Missa Sabrinensis (Mass of the Severn) in 1954, and an earlier hymn tune simply entitled Severn. The Severn is often mentioned in Ellis Peters' The Cadfael Chronicles, set in or around Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Abbey, beside the river. See also[edit]

UK Waterways portal

List of crossings of the River Severn Rivers of the United Kingdom The Severn Way
Severn Way
long-distance footpath The Severn Area Rescue Association
Severn Area Rescue Association
operates search and rescue services and lifeboats from Wyre Forest
Wyre Forest
to Beachley
Beachley
(4 stations on the river) Mercia Inshore Search and Rescue are based at Upton-upon-Severn The Severn Valley, an area straddling Shropshire
Shropshire
and Worcestershire Severnside, a term with various uses Seven Natural Wonders – 2005 TV programme where the river was described as one of the wonders of the West Country. Stourport
Stourport
Ring South Herefordshire
Herefordshire
and Over Severn - National Character Area

References[edit]

^ "National River Flow Archive – 54001 Severn @ Bewdley". Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2008.  ^ "HiFlows-UK". Archived from the original on 9 January 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2008.  ^ "National River Flow Archive – 54001 Severn @ Montford". Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2008.  ^ " Frankwell
Frankwell
Flood Alleviation Scheme, Shrewsbury" (PDF). UK Environment Agency. Retrieved 13 March 2010.  ^ "The River Severn
River Severn
Facts". BBC. Retrieved 28 December 2006.  ^ Etymology of Hafren ^ Andy Morrall. "The Legend of Sabrina". Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2006. CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) ^ a b Liam Rogers. "Sabrina and the River Severn". Retrieved 9 December 2006.  ^ "Statues of famous Salopians unveiled in Shrewsbury". Shropshire Star. 26 June 2013.  ^ Clucas, P. (1985). Britain – The Landscape Below. Guildford: Colour Library Books. ISBN 0-86283-174-1.  ^ Ron Huxley, The Rise and Fall of the Severn Bridge
Severn Bridge
Railway, 1984, ISBN 978-1-84868-033-3 ^ "OS Maps - online and App mapping system - Ordnance Survey Shop".  ^ Waverley Excursions website Archived 4 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Worcester
Worcester
River Cruises website Archived 8 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Hampton Loade Station". Severn Valley
Severn Valley
Railway. Retrieved 6 July 2017.  ^ "shrewsburyboat.co.uk".  ^ Rowbotham, Fred (1983) [1964]. Severn Bore. David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-8508-9.  ^ "About the Severn Estuary". UK Environment Agency. 5 March 2006. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2010.  ^ "Coast: Bristol
Bristol
Channel". BBC. Retrieved 27 August 2007.  ^ "Frequently Asked Questions – Tide Predictions and Data". Co-ops.nos.noaa.gov. Retrieved 28 May 2013.  ^ Centre, UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage. " Ironbridge
Ironbridge
Gorge".  ^ " Wales
Wales
Online". Retrieved 26 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

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River Severn, Great Britain

Administrative areas

Powys Shropshire Worcestershire Gloucestershire Monmouthshire South Gloucestershire Bristol North Somerset Somerset Newport Cardiff Vale of Glamorgan

Settlements

Llanidloes Newtown Welshpool Shrewsbury Ironbridge Bridgnorth Bewdley Stourport Worcester Tewkesbury Gloucester Berkeley Chepstow Avonmouth

Major tributaries

River Vyrnwy River Tern Cound Brook River Stour River Teme Warwickshire Avon River Wye Bristol
Bristol
Avon River Usk

Flows into

Severn Estuary Bristol
Bristol
Channel

Linked canals

Staffordshire and Worcestershire Worcester
Worcester
and Birmingham Droitwich Herefordshire
Herefordshire
and Gloucestershire Thames and Severn Coalport Gloucester
Gloucester
and Sharpness Stroudwater Navigation Coombe Hill

Major crossings

Welsh Bridge English Bridge The Iron Bridge Mythe Bridge Over Bridge Severn Bridge Aust
Aust
Severn Powerline Crossing Severn Tunnel Second Severn Crossing All crossings of the River Severn

Longest UK rivers

Severn Thames Trent Great Ouse Wye Ure/Ouse Tay Spey Clyde Tweed Avon Nene Eden Dee

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Settlements on the River Severn
River Severn
between Bewdley
Bewdley
and Gloucester (heading downstream)

Bewdley Stourport Areley Kings Worcester Kempsey Upton-upon-Severn Ryall Tewkesbury Deerhurst Gloucester

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Settlements on the River Severn
River Severn
between Gloucester
Gloucester
and Bristol (heading downstream)

Gloucester Minsterworth Framilode Newnham Arlingham Frampton Awre Purton (east bank) Purton (west bank) Sharpness Lydney Berkeley Shepperdine Oldbury Littleton Beachley Aust Sudbrook Severn Beach Bristol

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Transport in Worcestershire

Road

Motorways

M5 M42 M50

A-roads

A38 A44 A46 A422 A435 A441 A442 A448 A449 A456 A491 A4025 A4536

Service stations

Frankley services Hopwood Park services Strensham services

Other

Icknield Street List of settlements on the A38

Rail

Main lines

Cross-City Line Cross Country Route North Warwickshire Line Birmingham to Worcester
Worcester
via Bromsgrove Line Birmingham to Worcester
Worcester
via Kidderminster
Kidderminster
line Cotswold Line

Closed lines

Oxford–Worcester–Wolverhampton line
Oxford–Worcester–Wolverhampton line
(Dudley to Wolverhampton section)

Stations

Alvechurch Barnt Green Blakedown Bromsgrove Droitwich Spa Evesham Great Malvern Hagley Hartlebury Honeybourne Kidderminster Malvern Link Pershore Redditch Worcester
Worcester
Foregate Street Worcester
Worcester
Shrub Hill Wythall

Closed stations

Astwood Bank Aston-under-Hill Beckford Bengeworth Bredon Eckington Foley Park Halt Hinton Littleton and Badsey Malvern Wells Ripple Upton-on-Severn Wadborough

Heritage stations

Arley Bewdley Kidderminster
Kidderminster
Town Northwood Halt

Heritage railways

Severn Valley
Severn Valley
Railway

Under construction

Broadway Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
Warwickshire Railway

Buses

Routes

Worcestershire
Worcestershire
bus route 144

Companies

Diamond Bus First Midland Red

Other

Bus transport in Bromsgrove

Waterways

Rivers

River Arrow River Avon River Severn River Stour River Teme

Canals

Droitwich Canal Leominster Canal Staffordshire and Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Canal Worcester
Worcester
and Birmingham Canal

Other

Diglis Basin Hampton Ferry Tardebigge Engine House Tardebigge Locks

Footpaths

Long-distance footpaths

Cotswold Way Monarch's Way Severn Way Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Way Wychavon Way

Cycle paths

 Route 5 Route 54

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 24569145

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