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The River Enborne from Shalford Bridge, near Brimpton
|Towns and Villages||Ball Hill, Enborne Row, Newtown, Brimpton, Aldermaston Wharf|
|- location||Inkpen and West Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom|
|- elevation||155 m (509 ft)|
|- location||Aldermaston Wharf, Berkshire, United Kingdom|
|- elevation||55 m (180 ft)|
The River Enborne is a river that rises near the villages of Inkpen and West Woodhay, to the West of Newbury, Berkshire and flows into the River Kennet. Its source is in the county of Hampshire, and part of its course forms the border between Berkshire and Hampshire. Despite the name, the river does not run through the village of Enborne, although it does run through Enborne Row.
From its source near the villages of Inkpen and Woodhay, the Enborne flows Eastwards towards Newbury. At Smith's Bridge, near Holtwood the river is also now the boundary between Berkshire and Hampshire. Continuing East the river is crossed by the A34 (Newbury bypass) at Enborne Row to the South of Newbury. Near here to the South is "The Chase" and "Great Pen Wood," woodland managed by the National Trust. Further downstream the river passes to the South of Greenham Common, and here, near Headley, the river is joined by a tributary from the South, from Ecchinswell and Watership Down Hill.
The river continues meandering its way across open farmland towards Brimpton Common, at Inwood Copse, however, a change in the landscape sends the river to the Northeast, and here it no longer forms the border between Hampshire and Berkshire, but instead it spears into the heart of Berkshire and to the River Kennet near Aldermaston Wharf.
The river in fiction
The river plays a significant part in Richard Adams' novel, Watership Down. Early in the book, the rabbits from Sandleford are threatened by a dog. Blackberry realises that they can float across on a wooden board, and thus they make their escape.
- "Water Framework Directive - River Basin Management Plans". What's in your Backyard. Environment Agency. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
- Watership Down