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River Great Ouse

Description of River Great Ouse: The navigation runs 74 miles from Bedford to the Wash.

History of River Great Ouse: Promoted under Acts of 1670, 1751, 1795, 1796, 1805, 1810, 1816, 1818, 1819, 1827 and 1830. The locks from Brownshill to Eaton Scocon were rebuilt in the 1930s when this part of the river was restored by the newly formed Great Ouse Catchment Board. Prior to the 1950s the river below Denver was kept clear by the flow from the Great Ouse but since then the relief channel has been built to divert these waters and the bed of the river has risen by about a metre. In 1951 The Great Ouse Restoration Society formed and in 1963 legislation enabled the River Authority to licence boats and charge fees, at last providing money for navigation to a body mainly concerned with drainage. n 1978 The final lock at Castle Mills was completed and navigation to Bedford was restored.
For more details see the History page.

Subordinate Waterways of River Great Ouse

Navigation Authority of River Great Ouse : Environment Agency Recreation and Navigation, Region: Anglia Region, Kingfisher House, Goldhay Way, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough PE2 5ZR: Telephone 01733 371811 : Fax 01733 231840 :

Godmanchester Lock

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of River Great Ouse: Individual lock sizes vary but the maximum size for navigationfrom Bedford to the Wash is Length 85 foot 4 inches, beam 10 foot 4 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

River Great Ouse: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Bedford Bridge

A6 Road Bridge

0

0

N

TL050495

153

Duck Mill (or Town) Lock

0.3

1

N

TL055495

153

Cardington Lock

2

2

N

TL078489

153

Castle Mills Lock No 3

3.6

3

N

TL092509

153

Willington Lock No 4

5.8

4

N

TL119504

153

Old Mills Lock Site

Lock abolished

6.5

4

N

TL129510

153

Great Barford Lock

Archer Inn

7.3

5

N

TL135517

153

Roxton Lock No 7

9.6

6

N

TL159535

153

Tempsford Bridge

Anchor Inn

10.3

6

N

TL162545

153

Little Barford

12.6

6

N

TL177571

153

Eaton Socon Lock No 8

Eaton Socon

13.9

7

N

TL174586

153

St Neots

15

7

N

TL181602

153

St Neots Lock No 9

16.3

8

N

TL185618

153

Great Paxton

18

8

N

TL204634

153

Offord Lock No 10

20.1

9

N

TL214671

153

Brampton Lock No 11

Brampton and the Pepys House half a mile.

23.1

10

N

TL223705

153

Godmanchester Lock No 12

24.4

11

N

TL241704

153

Huntingdon

25.1

11

N

TL243714

153

Hartford

26.3

11

N

TL256725

153

Houghton Lock No 13

27.9

12

N

TL281719

153

Hemingford Lock No 14

29.4

13

N

TL295711

153

St Ives Bridge

Of historic and asthetic interest

30.8

13

N

TL312711

153

St Ives Staunch

31.1

14

N

TL314705

153

Holywell

33.5

14

N

TL342705

154

Brownshill Staunch

Over Staunch

36.3

15

N

TL369727

154

Earith Village

The Crown Inn

38

15

N

TL386747

142

Earith Junction

Junction with Old West River (Great Ouse) Junction with Old West River

38.5

15

N

TL392746

143

Sutton Bridge

42.1

15

N

TL428796

143

Mepal Bridge

43.4

15

N

TL439812

143

Oxlode

47.5

15

N

TL485862

143

Welney Suspension Bridge

52.8

15

N

TL534928

143

Denver Sluice Junction

Junction with Old West River (Great Ouse) Junction with Old River Ouse and the Hundred Foot River

58.8

15

N

TF587010

143

Salter's Lode Junction

Junctions with Middle Level - Well Creek and Old Bedford River Junction with the Old Bedford River and Well Creek

59.1

15

N

TF586016

143

Downham Bridge

Downham Market 1 mile east (A1122 road bridge)

60.1

15

N

TF597029

143

Stowe Bridge

62.9

15

N

TF602070

143

Magdalen Bridge

66

15

N

TF600113

143

Wiggenhall Bridge

68

15

N

TF601113

143

Eau Brink Cut (Southern end)

68.4

15

N

0

Free Bridge

Eau Brink Cut (Northern end)

71.4

15

N

0

Kings Lynn

Docks entrance

72.8

15

N

0

The Wash

Mouth of the river

74.8

15

N

0

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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