River Wylye

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River Wylye
River
River Wylye at Norton Bavant.jpg
River Wylye at Norton Bavant
CountryEngland
CitiesMaiden Bradley, Warminster, Codford St Peter, Wilton
SourceRodmead Farm
 - locationMaiden Bradley, Wiltshire, England
 - elevation148 m (486 ft)
 - coordinates51°07′25″N 2°18′11″W / 51.12361°N 2.30306°W / 51.12361; -2.30306
MouthConfluence with River Nadder
 - locationWilton, Wiltshire, England
 - elevation69 m (226 ft)
 - coordinates51°04′45″N 1°51′45″W / 51.07917°N 1.86250°W / 51.07917; -1.86250
Length45 km (28 mi)
Basin470 km2 (181 sq mi)
Dischargefor Chitterne Brook[1]
 - average0.3 m3/s (11 cu ft/s)
 - max0.6 m3/s (21 cu ft/s)
 - min0.1 m3/s (4 cu ft/s)
 
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Coordinates: 51°04′45″N 1°51′45″W / 51.07917°N 1.86250°W / 51.07917; -1.86250
River Wylye
River
River Wylye at Norton Bavant.jpg
River Wylye at Norton Bavant
CountryEngland
CitiesMaiden Bradley, Warminster, Codford St Peter, Wilton
SourceRodmead Farm
 - locationMaiden Bradley, Wiltshire, England
 - elevation148 m (486 ft)
 - coordinates51°07′25″N 2°18′11″W / 51.12361°N 2.30306°W / 51.12361; -2.30306
MouthConfluence with River Nadder
 - locationWilton, Wiltshire, England
 - elevation69 m (226 ft)
 - coordinates51°04′45″N 1°51′45″W / 51.07917°N 1.86250°W / 51.07917; -1.86250
Length45 km (28 mi)
Basin470 km2 (181 sq mi)
Dischargefor Chitterne Brook[1]
 - average0.3 m3/s (11 cu ft/s)
 - max0.6 m3/s (21 cu ft/s)
 - min0.1 m3/s (4 cu ft/s)

The River Wylye (/ˈwli/ WY-lee) is a classic southern England chalk stream; champagne clear water flowing over gravel. Consequently, it is popular with anglers keen on fly fishing.[1]

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Course[edit]

It rises below the White Sheet Downs just south of Maiden Bradley in Wiltshire, and after flowing through the Deverill valley, forms the southern edge of Warminster. It then heads generally east south east, forming the Wylye Valley, into which the A36 road and the Wessex Main Line are also squeezed. The river passes through the parishes of Norton Bavant, Heytesbury, Knook, Upton Lovell, Boyton, Codford, Wylye and Wilton, near the southern edge of Salisbury Plain, and is fed by ephemeral, winterbourne streams so water flow can vary.[2]

The river forms part of the River Avon catchment. At Wilton it joins the River Nadder and eventually drains to the sea at Christchurch as part of the River Avon.

SSSI[edit]

In parts the river flows through various SSSI:[3]

Wylye Valley[edit]

The Wylye valley is a picturesque valley dotted with small chocolate box villages composed of thatched cottages and stone-built pubs.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Villages[edit]

The villages located on the River Wylye include (source to confluence):

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fishing Breaks". Retrieved 20 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "IUCN" (PDF). Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "English Nature". Retrieved 20 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "W Wilts Tourism". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "The Village of Sutton Veny, Wylye Valley". Retrieved 13 June 2008. 

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