River Clun, Shropshire

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This article is about the River Clun, Shropshire, England. For the River Clun, south Wales, see Afon Clun.
River Clun
River
ClunBridge2c.jpg
The river flowing through the town of Clun, in which the historic packhorse bridge is still the only vehicle-carrying bridge.
Countries England, United Kingdom
Region West Midlands
County Shropshire, Herefordshire
Tributaries
 - left River Unk, River Kemp
 - right River Redlake
Cities Newcastle, Clun, Clunton, Clungunford
Landmark Clun Bridge
Source
 - location Anchor, Shropshire
 - elevation 385 m (1,263 ft)
Mouth Confluence with River Teme
 - location Leintwardine, Herefordshire
 - elevation 119 m (390 ft)

The River Clun is a river mostly in Shropshire, England which runs through the small town of Clun, as well as through or near a number of other villages situated along its valley. It discharges into the River Teme at Leintwardine, Herefordshire. The Clun Valley is very rural and is part of the Shropshire Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Course[edit]

The source of the River Clun is near the hamlet of Anchor (in the marshy area by the public house there), very close to the Welsh border. It then flows east until the Aston on Clun area (it does not actually run through the village), where it then flows roughly in a southern direction — the river flows around the north end of Clunbury Hill. After this change in direction it enters the lower valley — the valley widens and has a flatter floor (an extensive flood plain).

The Folly Brook joins the Clun at Newcastle, then the small River Unk flows into the Clun near Clun Castle, whilst the small River Kemp flows into the river at Oaker near Aston. Near the end of the river's course, the River Redlake joins at Jay.

The river flows into Herefordshire after passing Broadward (it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for a stretch south of Broadward Bridge) and soon after enters the River Teme.

Features[edit]

The river gives its name to many places in the area, including Clun itself and the villages of Newcastle-on-Clun, Clunton, Clunbury, Aston on Clun, and Clungunford (in order as you head downstream). In Clun the historic Clun Bridge still takes the A488 road over the river. A number of other historic crossings — bridges and fords — exist over the river, including Broadward Bridge.

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Coordinates: 52°25′30″N 2°53′49″W / 52.425°N 2.897°W / 52.425; -2.897