Plotted Rivers (and Canals) highlight the rivers path, and show mile markers to give ideas of length between 2 points.
They also provide a useful tool with route planning, but it should be stressed, the right to paddle on some rivers is contested. Some people may inform you that you should not paddle on some sections of some rivers. Information entered on Paddle Points does not mean there is a right to access the water or use the water.
|River Avon (Bristol)|
|River Great Ouse|
|Aire and Calder Navigation|
|Birmingham and Fazeley Canal|
|Birmingham and Wolverhampton Canal|
|Bridgwater and Taunton Canal|
|Calder & Hebble Navigation|
|Exeter Ship Canal|
|Gloucester to Sharpness Canal|
|Grand Union Canal|
|Grand Union Canal Harborough Branch|
|Grand Union Canal - Leicester Arm|
|Grand Union Canal - Loughborough Navigation|
|Grand Union Canal - Paddington Arm|
|Grand Union Canal Welford Arm|
|Grand Western Canal|
|Huddersfield Broad Canal|
|Huddersfield Narrow canal|
|Kennet and Avon Canal|
|Leeds and Liverpool Canal|
|Manchester Ship Canal|
|Monmouth Brecon Canal|
|New Junction Canal|
|Peak Forest Canal|
|Shropshire Union Canal|
|Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal|
|Stainforth and Keadby Canal|
|Tame Valley Canal|
|Trent and Mersey Canal|
|Wyrley and Essington Canal|
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You can park free in small picnic site. There is a public slipway into river. The river is very calm and a nice paddle down to the weir.
You can also paddle upstream until it becomes to shallow.
This obstacle has to be walked around.
Good entry point for a downstream trip to/through Bedford. Concrete footing of footbridge. Car park Adjacent
A weir I believe used by the Viking Canoe & Kayak Club. However there is access from upstream via a gap in the debris buoys, marked by the two yellow buoys, for those who wish to run them.
Stepped weir, which leads to a canoe slalom course. It can be run by passing between the yellow buoys.
Useful little car park, which fills quickly
A stepped entry point from the meadow area. Popular park with cafe nearby and ice cream. There is parking over the south side of the river in an old park & ride area, so I have included it. Useful Portage point for longer journeys
Cannot be run, but new Hydro Electrical Plant (utilising Archimedes Screws) is adjacent on site of Original Victorian Boat-slide
Only open on weekends and during summer
Small weir for river level control. Parking in Aspects Leisure Park, subject to time restraints. McDonalds & other restaurants present.
Accessible from Aspects Leisure Park (subject to parking restrictions), this is a long weir which provides a 'short cut' down "New Cut" which cuts off the loop around the Priory Country Park eventually rejoining the main channel.
This is a shallow run and I haven't fully explored it yet, other than walking along it. Portaging the weir to access it appears tricky but not impossible.
Continuing past the weir you will rejoin the main Great Ouse towards Great Barford.
A McDonalds Restaurant is on the Leisure Park.
Portage point for Cardington Slalom course. Allows competitors to warm up on the river before racing on the course
short walk across the grass to bypass Cardington lock
New Portage point and access to water from Priory Business Park car park
Not an employee, just handy being so close to water if you need anything.
Mooring pontoon for boats using the Lock, push past it towards the lock and there is a lower pontoon for canoes.
NB: if you head north on foot over the lock and through the farm yard (well used public footpath), there is a Go Outdoors store about 400m ahead.
Deep lock with large weir/waterfall adjacent
Nice riverside cafe.
I cannot confirm whether landing is permitted directly, despite a number of enquiries by phone or email. The last update I had was that they did not allow it for insurance reasons. However there is possible landing outside of their boundary
Portage platforms above & below lock
Access to river with parking in nearby streets, The Anchor PH is a stones throw away. [url]http://www.charleswells.co.uk/home/pub-guide/pub/the-anchor/url]
Grass bank for seal launch or various high dock options.
Leads to a great little tribuatory and pool not marked on the map.
A good alternative to the lock.... Should not be any problem moderated by RWA Eastern
small public slipway (free) Next to Rowing club.
Use the slipway or seal launch to the right of it. There is a cafe in thePiory centre and a pub nearby at the bridge, both have moorings
A grassy slope to the river that I have used to seal launch and get out. Walk along side of the lock and follow the dirt path till it opens out to communal gardens. I,m waiting to get an earfull from a resident before I stop using this one. ;~)#
Seal launching on grassy banks never endears paddlers to the neighbours! The upstream laucnh point is a better option. Moderated by RWA Eastern
The river can be accessed via the Lock steps when the lock is open or there is a ladder if you are brave!
THE WORST lock on the Ouse to Portage as it involves crossing a busy road. Speaking to an EA River Inspector who was on duty he advises locking through (EA key and Windlass required). Currently manned due to problems with gate which probably won't get fixed until Autumn 2015 earliest.
Use the grassy bank to exit. Jump the Gate and cross the busy road, duck under the walk way and this leads you to the other side of the weir. Becareful of your footing as it is rough broken foundations that have grown over with foliage.
Across the road from the lock is an alley and 50m down the alley is a high (1m)mooring.
this technique might help?
Cross the road and duck under the walk way. Becareful of your footing as it is rough broken foundations that have grown over with foliage.
Offord Cluny, Saint Neots PE19 5RU
Easy portage here.
Public slipway with large car park
This has very limited parking, but is a good place to take out or launch. You can take the Cook Backwaters, or head downstream. If you start upstream, you can always do a one way trip in either direction.
Brewers Fayre but ok for a quick stop
Rhymers Weir. Portage required up from the Rhymers pool onto the main river.
Limited street parking
Portage required or use boat rollers to drop down into the mill pool
Tea and cream cakes at the National Trust Cafe
National trust pay car park
A small weir at head of the Trout Stream. Shootable with a canoe pass between bollards. Not advised to shoot weir in low water as concrete step at base rips canoes!
You can drop your boat off just at the end of the high street (double yellows all around) and then move the car around the corner (right just before The Cock pub and then on the grass verge about 100 yards up). There's a boat launch about 100ft from end of the High Street.
Portage of Hemingford Lock
Slipway. Room for a couple of cars
Good pub with docking for canoes.
This is a nice paddle starting from the GOBA moorings at the Dolphin hotel St Ives going up the main river and back using backwaters and streams. A couple of portages at locks and weirs.
Dolphin car park £1 on exit
One of the few locks around that does cater for Canoes. Good low landing/entry platforms at both sides although a reasonable walk between the two if carrying a heavy boat. At least there is no road to cross.
This is a great launch with ample free parking. It is across the river from the Pike & Eel Pub and marina. It has an old boat slip, making it easy to get in and out. It is a great place to launch and paddle upstream to the St Ives lock and back.
Longish portage through cow-pad laden field on left bank (weir side). Moorings by lock very high and not practical for portaging.
Launch point behind the village hall. Very handy car park. Slip is soft "beach" style rather than purpose built concrete - see images below. Very near Crown Pub which is reported to be boaty friendly.
Fishing platforms on river right. Signs saying 'no launching' and sometimes a 'bailiff' to come and tell you that you can't launch from the EA-funded fishing platforms because you might break them, and its dangerous to launch there, and they're not insured.
Ignore the bailiff! Not a problem to launch here. It's a pleasant pub which does puddings to die for and there is pleanty of parking in the lane. The Gt Ouse & the Cam join up at the Fish & Duck (not a pub any more) so the Lazy Otter is a good starting point for a paddle to Ely. Moderated by RWA Eastern
Riverside pub at the junction of the Gt Ouse and the Little Ouse.
Pontoon with gang way. pub across bridge.