River Dun (River Kennet)

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For the southern River Dun, see River Dun (River Test).
Coordinates: 51°24′44″N 1°29′38″W / 51.412169°N 1.494023°W / 51.412169; -1.494023
River Dun
River
River Dun near Hungerford.jpg
River Dun, at Freeman's Marsh, before reaching Hungerford
Country England
Counties Wiltshire, Berkshire
Towns Great Bedwyn, Hungerford
Source
 - location Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
 - elevation 120 m (394 ft)
 - coordinates 51°22′16″N 1°36′24″W / 51.37109°N 1.60664°W / 51.37109; -1.60664
Mouth River Kennet
 - location Hungerford, Berkshire, United Kingdom
 - elevation 90 m (295 ft)
 - coordinates 51°24′44″N 1°29′38″W / 51.412169°N 1.494023°W / 51.412169; -1.494023

The River Dun is a river flowing through the counties of Wiltshire and Berkshire in England. It rises near Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire and flows north-east into Berkshire, where it joins the River Kennet at Hungerford, ultimately draining to the North Sea via the Thames.

The Dun valley is an important transport route through the high chalklands between the London Basin to the east and the Vale of Pewsey to the west. It is the route by which the Kennet and Avon Canal (linking London and Bristol) enters the Thames basin from the Vale of Pewsey, crossing the watershed with the aid of the Bruce Tunnel and Crofton Pumping Station. The later Reading to Plymouth railway linking London and the south-west also uses the valley.