Major rivers in the UK

The erosive power of rivers has shaped the relief of the land.

Avon and Thames: south England. Great Ouse: east England. Wye and Severn: western England and Wales. Trent: Midlands. Tyne: northeast England. Spey, Tay and Tweed: Scotland.

The major river systems in the UK are:

NameApproximate length (km)Countries run through
Severn354Wales and England
Thames346England (South)
Tyne321England (North East)
Trent298England
Great Ouse230England (Centre)
Wye215Wales and England
Tay188Scotland
Spey172Scotland
Tweed156Scotland and England
Avon154England (Midlands and South West)
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