River Wye

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River Wye
Afon Gwy
River Wye at Tintern

River Wye at Tintern

location Wales , England ( UK )
River system River Severn
Drain over River Severn  → Atlantic Ocean
source on the eastern edge of Plynlimon
52 ° 28 ′ 9 ″  N , 3 ° 45 ′ 54 ″  W
Source height 680  m
muzzle at Chepstow in the Severn Estuary Coordinates: 51 ° 36 '36 "  N , 2 ° 39' 43"  W 51 ° 36 '36 "  N , 2 ° 39' 43"  W.
Mouth height m
Height difference 680 m
Bottom slope 3.2 ‰
length 215 km
Catchment area 4136 km²
Left tributaries River Lugg , Bachawy , Afon Edw
Right tributaries River Trothy , River Monnow , Dulas Brook
Medium-sized cities Hereford
River Wye in the Lancat and Ban y Gore Nature Reserves

River Wye in the Lancat and Ban y Gore Nature Reserves

The River Wye ( Welsh Afon Gwy ) is a river in Wales and England .

With a total length of 215 km, it is the sixth longest, making it one of the main rivers in the United Kingdom . It rises in the plateau of central Wales and flows southeast to the Bristol Channel . There it pours into the deep estuary of the River Severn .

The River Wye rises on the eastern slope of Plynlimon , the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains in Wales. The Ice Age valley of the upper reaches is cut deep into the Welsh raised bog. There are only a few narrow strips of arable land in the extensive moorland areas . At Rhayader the River Wye joins the Elan , the upper reaches of which was dammed to serve as a water reservoir for Birmingham . After the River Wye has passed Builth Wells , it swings northeast around the Black Mountains at Aberllynfi and reaches England at Hay-on-Wye . The Lugg flows in from the north near Hereford and the river winds its way to Ross-on-Wye . Behind Ross , the River Wye has dug deep ravines into the limestone of the Dean Plateau ; this forest area impresses with picturesque views, especially from the Symonds Yat .

Eventually the river passes the ruins of Tintern Abbey and enters at Chepstow , where u. a. the Alte Wyebrücke crosses into its estuary, which is characterized by the tidal influence . The last 16 miles from Monmouth form the historic border between England and Wales.

The river-shaped Wye Valley is officially an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty and shows the traces of 5000 years of human settlement.

Mentions in literary works

In Shakespeare's drama Henry V , the river is mentioned in act 4, scene 6: “ All the water in Wye cannot wash your Majesty's Welsh plood out of your pody, I can tell you that.

Web links

Commons : River Wye  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ William Shakespeare: The Life of King Henry V on Wikisource (English).