The typical recent level of the river great ouse at bedford over the past 12 months has been between 0 25m and 0 38m. Bedford s otters are back and they ve been spotted in and around the river great ouse much to the delight of the town s nature lovers and photographers.
Ives to earith and thence via the fens to the wash a shallow inlet of the north sea for the first 100 miles 160 km the river follows an irregular meandering course its gradient.
Great river ouse bedford. River ouse also called great ouse river in england draining the east midlands at the fens it rises 5 miles 8 km west of brackley northamptonshire and flows past buckingham bedford huntington and st. From syresham in central england the great ouse flows into east anglia before entering the wash a bay of the north sea with a course of 143 miles 230 km mostly flowing north and east it is the fourth longest river in the united kingdom. The river great ouse not to be confused with the river ouse or river little ouse is a nature lover s dream and is popular with coarse fishermen.
This event is now the 3 rd largest event in europe hosting over 350 000 visitors over the weekend. The great ouse leaves bedford from the eastern edge of the town it then heads northeast passing the village of great barford and meeting another tributary at the village of tempsford the river ivel the river then continues on past the village of roxton and on to the border between bedfordshire and cambridgeshire. Due to the improved water quality of the river the otter population is booming.
The river great ouse ˈ uː z is a river in the united kingdom the longest of several british rivers called ouse. The river great ouse flows all the way from bedford to the wash at king s lynn. They have been reported as far upstream as bedford.
Bedford to st neots 5 hours. The cam has its own conservation body and the middle level is administrated by the middle level commisioners. The rivers cam lark 25 miles wissey 10 5 miles and little ouse 16 5 miles there are a total of 18 locks along the 74 8 miles 120 3km of the main line of the river.
The usual range of the river great ouse at bedford is between 0 25m and 0 52m. The great ouse and nene with their locks are managed by the environment agency. It has been between these levels for at least 151 days in the past year.
Reader mandy carter got in touch to share these photos taken by her partner matthew ariano of neat photography. St neots to st ives 6 hours. The 1978 reopening of the river great ouse to the coast led to the inaugural bedford river festival.
We do see lots of rowing boats though. Seals also swim in the river. St ives to ely 6 5 hours.
Locks on the river. You will see pleasure boats on parts of it although i ve not seen many in this area in bedford. Bedford rowing club is based here and some of the local schools also have teams that practice on the river.
It has been between these levels for 90 of the time since monitoring began. Canoe trail has organised the watersports activities for much of the river festival since 2006. The river great ouse is navigable from bedford to the wash at king s lynn with connections to the river nene via the middle level.
Interactive river great ouse map navigation times.