River Bourne, Wiltshire

Coordinates: 51°03′44″N 1°47′22″W / 51.06222°N 1.78944°W / 51.06222; -1.78944
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River Bourne, Wiltshire
The River at Winterbourne Gunner
CountryUnited Kingdom
Physical characteristics
 • coordinates51°21′09″N 1°40′17″W / 51.35250°N 1.67139°W / 51.35250; -1.67139
 • location
 • coordinates
51°03′44″N 1°47′22″W / 51.06222°N 1.78944°W / 51.06222; -1.78944

The River Bourne is a river in the English county of Wiltshire, a tributary of the Salisbury Avon. It flows in a generally southerly direction for about 48 km (30 miles).[1] In its upper reaches the river is a winterbourne, often dry in summer.[2]

The Bourne's source is at the eastern end of the Vale of Pewsey, just south of the village of Burbage. The river cuts through the chalk escarpment at Collingbourne Kingston, to flow south across Salisbury Plain through the town of Tidworth and the village of Shipton Bellinger.

As it continues south the river passes the Bourne Valley villages: Cholderton, Newton Tony, Allington, Boscombe, Idmiston, Porton, Gomeldon, Winterbourne Gunner, Winterbourne Dauntsey, Winterbourne Earls and Hurdcott.[3] After passing Ford and Laverstock, the Bourne joins the Avon in the eastern outskirts of Salisbury.

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  1. ^ a b "Bourne (Hampshire Avon)". Catchment Data Explorer. Environment Agency. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  2. ^ "River Bourne at Tidworth Manor Bridge". riverlevels.uk. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Winterbourne". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 26 February 2013.