River Severn

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The River Severn

A Key Stage 2 Resource for Rivers and Coasts

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The Infant River

Characteristics of the upper course of a river (near the source)

  • narrow channels
  • fast flowing
  • shallow
  • Pot holes in the river bed
  • Rapids and Waterfalls
  • v-shaped valley
  • interlocking spurs
  • erosion

The infant Severn river starts its journey to the sea flowing down hill in a south-eastern direction.

The River Severn starts life as a small stream

The water flows round harder rock forming interlocking spurs.

Percy is pointing to a spur

The water flows round harder rock forming interlocking spurs

Just a few hundred yards from its source, the River Severn is already gathering momentum and size as it flows steeply downhill into Hafren Forest.

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Key vocabulary

A ridge of land that extends partly across a valley. Spurs only occur in the upper, steeper reaches of a valley.

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