The River Great Ouse at St Neots

The River Great Ouse at St Neots in Cambridgeshire, UK

River Great Ouse

The River Great Ouse and connecting rivers and navigable channels

The River Great Ouse and connecting rivers and navigable channels.

River Flood Status

 

Live data from the Environment Agency

 

The map above clearly shows the importance of the River Great Ouse and River Nene in times past when the rivers were the most important form of transport, every major city and town was strategically placed by the rivers. However if one draws a line between Cambridge and Northampton it will pass through St Neots, whilst a line between Cambridge and Peterborough passes through St Ives and Huntingdon, The towns are also placed where the river is shallow enough to afford crossing points for the major highways.

St Neots Bridge

The River Great Ouse looking downstream from the St Neots Bridge.

The River Great Ouse looking downstream from the St Neots Bridge.

 

The River Great Ouse is navigable for 74 miles from Bedford to Kings Lynn with St Neots about 15 miles from Bedford leaving a 59 mile run to the sea.

For more information visit the Great Ouse Boating Association (GOBA) website and the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) website section about the Great Ouse

If you wish to read the official information concerning the River Great Ouse then there is only one place to go, the Environment Agency - Anglian Rivers - Great Ouse

Upstream at St Neots

The River Great Ouse looking upstream towards Bedford from the St Neots Bridge

The River Great Ouse looking upstream towards Bedford from the St Neots Bridge.