Rivers of SE England
The following is a list of waterways in South East England (loosely, the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Surrey, and Sussex) and of their respective road crossings by bridge, tunnel, and/or ferry.
- 1 Portsmouth and Chichester Harbours
- 2 River Adur
- 3 River Arun
- 4 River Avon
- 5 River Cherwell
- 6 River Great Ouse
- 7 River Hamble
- 8 River Itchen
- 9 River Kennet
- 10 River Loddon
- 11 River Medway
- 12 River Mole
- 13 River Ouse
- 14 River Rother
- 15 River Stour
- 16 River Test
- 17 River Thame
- 18 River Thames
- 19 River Wey
- 20 River Windrush
Portsmouth and Chichester Harbours
A series of large natural harbours on the South Coast. There is a substantial naval presence in Portsmouth.
The River Adur rises as the East and the West Adur at Ditchling Common (East Sussex) and Slinfold. The two branches join at Henfold at proceed through a gap in the South Downs to the sea at Shoreham-by-Sea.
River Great Ouse
The fourth longest river in Great Britain, the Great Ouse rises in Northamptonshire and flows through Buckingham shire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire before entering the Wash near King's Lynn in Norfolk. See further: Rivers of East England.
The River Hamble rises near Bishops Waltham and flows for some 7.5 miles to Southampton Water and thence to the sea. The Hamble is tidal for approximately half its length and is navigable in its lower reaches, which has facilitated shipbuilding activities since medieval times. Leisure craft are still built there today. The river's lower reaches are now very popular for boating, being known throughout the sailing world as The Heart of British Yachting
The River Itchen rises in Hampshire near Cheriton. It then flows into Southampton Water and eventually the sea. The river is well known for fly fishing.
The River Medway, which is almost entirely in Kent, flows for 70 miles (113 km) from just inside the Sussex border to the point where it enters the Thames Estuary. It has a catchment area of 930 square miles (2,409 km2), the largest in southern England after the Thames.
The Stour is a river that flows through Kent to reach the English Channel at Pegwell Bay. Above Plucks Gutter, where the Little Stour joins it, the river is normally known as the Great Stour. The upper section of the river, above its confluence with the East Stour at Ashford is sometimes known as the Upper Great Stour or West Stour. In the tidal lower reaches, the artificial Stonar Cut short cuts a large loop in the natural river.
The Test is a river in Hampshire. Its source is near Ashe, 10 km to the west of Basingstoke, from where it flows to Southampton Water and thence to the sea. It is known throughout the world for the excellent quality of its fly fishing for trout. The river is managed by the Environment Agency, whilst the Port of Southampton is the navigation authority for the tidal section below Redbridge.