The UK is the home of many rivers but do you know which one of them is the longest river in the UK?
It may look like a question for a 6th-grade student right?
But it is very important for citizens to know about the geology of their country.
In this blog, I will talk about the longest river in the UK and will also look into the facts relating to it.
Also, I have given a list of the top 10 longest rivers in the UK.
Which is The Longest River in The UK?
River Severn (don’t confuse it with river seven) is the longest river in the UK.
Quick Facts About River Severn
|Country||England and Wales|
|Length||354 km (220 mi)|
|Region||Mid Wales, West Midlands, South West|
|Cities||Shrewsbury, Worcester, Gloucester, Bristol|
|The mouth of the River||Severn Estuary|
|Basin size||11,420 km sq (4,410 sq mi)|
|Tributaries||Left – Vyrnwy, Tern, Stour, Warwickshire Avon, Bristol Avon.
Right – Teme, Leadon, Wye.
About The River Severn
River Severn is the longest river in Great Britain, it is 220 miles long and has a basin size of 11,420 km sq.
With an average flow rate of 3,800 cu ft/s, this river is also number one in the most voluminous flow of water in the whole of England and Wales.
Tributaries of River Severn
There are seven main tributaries of this river namely: The Vyrnwy, the Tren, the Teme, the Warwickshire Avon, and the Worcestershire Stour.
Rise and Flow of River Severn
On Plynlimon mountain, which is located in Ceredigion county, wales, the river rises to an altitude of 2,000 feet and passes through Powys, Shropshire, and Worcestershire. It discharges at 107 cubic meters per second at Apperley into Bristol channel and which then discharges into the Celtic Sea and then finally into the pacific ocean. River Severn is considered an important feeding ground for birds like spot ladybirds and waders.
Top 10 Longest Rivers in The UK
Are you aware of the top 10 longest rivers that flow in the UK?
If not, then here is a chart showing the top 10 longest rivers in the UK.
|Rank||Name of the river||Length in miles||Length in kilometers||The flow of the river
(meter cube/ second)
|Place of Origin||Country|
|1||River Severn||220||354||107.4||Severn Estuary||Wales/England|
|2||River Thames||215||346||65.4||Thames Estuary||England|
|3||River Trent||185||297||89.0||The Humber||England|
|4||River Wye||155||250||73.1||Severn Estuary||Wales/England|
|5||River Great Ouse||143||230||15.6||Wash||England|
|6||River Ure/River Ouse, Yorkshire||129||208||69.8||The Humber||England|
|7||River Tay||117||188||179.0||Firth of Tay||Scotland|
|8||River Clyde||109||176||48.5||Firth of Clyde||Scotland|
|9||River Spey||107||172||65.7||Moray Firth||Scotland|
|10||River Nene||100||161||9.3||The Wash||England|
(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions about River Severn
Here are some frequently googled questions about the River Severn.
(i) Where Does The River Severn Begin and End?
Ans: Severn River begins from Severn Estuary and ends in Bristol channel and which then discharges into the Celtic sea and then finally into the pacific ocean.
(ii) Where Does The River Severn Flow Through?
Ans: The River Severn flows through Shropshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire. The county towns of Gloucester, Shrewsbury, and Worcester are its banks.
(iii) Where is The River Severn in The UK?
Ans: This river is located in England and Wales.
(iv) What is The Mouth of River Severn?
Ans: Severn Estuary is the mouth of the River Severn.
(v) Is it Legal To Swim in The River Severn?
Ans: Yes, it is completely legal to swim in the River Severn.
So this was all about the mighty River Severn. It is the longest river in the UK and is also a major tourist spot. What do you think of the River Severn? Do tell us in the comments.
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