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Thursday, 12 April 2018

A-Z Challenge 2018 - British Rivers: 'K' - Kennet

The River Kennet is one of the 161 chalk streams in the UK. It is a tributary of the River Thames; its navigable length to Newbury makes, with that of the River Avon and The Avon and Kennet Canal, a waterway that stretches across England from Bristol to London.


River Kennet near Avebury, Wiltshire
Its tributaries north of Avebury combine with water from the source at Swallow Head Springs near Silbury Hill.

The area between Malborough and Woolhampton is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the wildlife (brown trout) and the chalk stream aquatic plants it supports such as rununculus, the creeping buttercup. 

Mouth of the River Kennet at Reading
(With Brunel's GWR bridge)
The Kennet flood plain at Burghfield in Berkshire contains many gravel pits renowned for their fishing. The river section is one of the most prolific for barbel with weights registered of over 17lbs.


A Burghfield Lake
Photo attributions:
  • River Kennet near Avebury: upload to wikimedia commons 16 December 2011 - CC BY-SA 3.0 licence
  • Mouth of the River Kennet: 10 March 2013 by Quentin UK - CC BY 3.0 licence
  • A Burghfield Lake: 30 January 2008, ex geograph.org.uk by Andrew Smith - CC BY-SA 2.0 licence.



8 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

That one I do know well as it is around 12 miles from me and I walked along it looking for pillboxes

Wendy said...

So I had to Google "chalk stream" and I learned that there are only 210 in the world so England has over half. Pretty amazing.

Kristin said...

I googled 'chalk stream" too :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - wonderful images you've given us - and the Kennet is a stunningly delightful river in a wonderful area of England - cheers Hilary

Jo said...

I am really enjoying these rivers as I am unfamiliar with most of them so far. Lovely pictures though.

Bunrong said...

Hi Bob - wonderful images you've given us - and the Kennet is a stunningly delightful river in a wonderful area of England - cheers Hilary
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Nancy Adkins said...

I love your river pictures so calming.

Emily Bloomquist said...

You can add me to the list of those who googled chalk stream... Looks beautiful.