- May 14, 2013
IMO, the Severn (e.g. Gloucester), the Great Ouse (e.g. King's Lynn), the Thames (e.g. London), the Ouse/Humber (e.g. Hull), the Trent, the Wye, and the Nene all have a fairly strong arguments to be navigable rivers up to a certain point (in that they had fairly large docks for open-sea ships of the late Middle Ages at some distance inland via means of the river). England is pretty exceptional in terms of naturally navigable major waterways even by European standards. If that's too long a list, you could probably cut off the Trent (just use the Humber estuary), as well as the Wye and the Nene, but the other four really were like superhighways of the era.