River Tweed

River Tweed

There are other rivers with this name: see Tweed River

The River Tweed (Uisge Thuaidh in Gaelic) (156 kilometres or long) flows primarily through the Borders region of England and Scotland. It rises on Tweedsmuir at Tweed's Well near where the Clyde, draining northwest, and the Annan draining south also rise. "Annan, Tweed and Clyde rise oot the ae hillside" as the Border saying has it. It drains the entire Borders region. Its lower reaches mark the Scottish border with England for 27 kilometres near Berwick-upon-Tweed. The Tweed is one of the great salmon rivers of Great Britain.

Major towns through which the Tweed flows include Peebles, Galashiels, Melrose, Kelso, Coldstream and Berwick-upon-Tweed, where it flows into the North Sea.

The Tweed valley is also a very interesting area when it comes to looking at the glacial history of Britain. The valley floor on which the river currently flows is a drumlin field and is the relic of a paleo ice stream that flowed through the area during the last glaciation.

River Tweed is the only river in England where an Environment Agency rod licence is not required for angling.

Catchment of the River Tweed

Tweed tributaries include:

See also

External links

  • Paper describing Palaeo-Icestream and Lanforms in the Tweed velley http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/homes/s0350775/everestetal2005.pdf
  • Map and aerial photo sources for: and

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