The River Wylye (pronounced 'Why-lee') is a classic southern England chalk stream; champagne clear water flowing over gravel. Consequently, it is popular with anglers keen on fly fishing.
It rises just south of Maiden Bradley
and after flowing through the Deverill
valley, forms the southern edge of Warminster
. It then heads generally east south east, forming the Wylye Valley, into which the A36 road
and the Wessex Main Line
are also squeezed. The river forms part of the southern edge of Salisbury Plain
. It is fed by ephemeral, winterbourne
streams so water flow can vary.
The river forms part of the River Avon catchment. At Wilton it joins the River Nadder and eventually drains to the sea at Christchurch as part of the River Avon.
In parts the river flows through various SSSI
The Wylye valley is a picturesque valley dotted with small chocolate box
villages composed of thatched
cottages and stone-built pubs
- A vineyard is located near the river's source.
- Both Wilton and Wiltshire (Wilton - shire) are named after the river. There is also a village of Wylye.
- It forms one of the five rivers referred to in the novel Sarum
The villages located on the River Wylye include (source