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River Medway
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Medway at Gun Wharf, Chatham
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Rivers in Kent, showing the Medway
Country England
Region South East England, West Sussex, Kent
District Mid Sussex, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Malling, Medway and Maidstone
Physical characteristics
Main source Turners Hill, West Sussex
489 ft (149 m)
River mouth Thames Estuary
Garrison Point, Sheerness, Kent
Length 70 mi (110 km)
Discharge
  • Location:
    Teston
  • Minimum rate:
    0.43 m3/s (15 cu ft/s)24 August 1978
  • Average rate:
    11.08 m3/s (391 cu ft/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    358.6 m3/s (12,660 cu ft/s)16 September 1968
Basin features
Basin size 930 sq mi (2,400 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Eden, Bourne, Wateringbury Stream, East Malling Stream, other minor streams
  • Right:
    Teise, Beult, Loose Stream, Len, other minor streams
Designation
Official name: Medway Estuary & Marshes
Designated: 15 December 1993

The River Medway is a river which flows for 70 miles (110 km) from the High Weald in Sussex, through Kent to the point where it enters the Thames Estuary. The river becoms tidal after Allington Lock.

Tributaries

The major tributaries of the medway are:

  • River Eden
  • River Bourne, known as the River Shode and River Busty
  • River Teise, major sub tributary River Bewl.
  • River Beult
  • Loose Stream
  • River Len

Navigation

Until 1746 the river was impassable above Maidstone. The Environment Agency is the navigation authority.

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