River Great Ouse

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River Great Ouse
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The River Great Ouse after Brownshill Staunch, near Over in Cambridgeshire
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Great Ouse catchment
Location
CountryUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
CountiesNorthamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - locationSyresham, South Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, England
 - coordinates52°05′33″N 1°05′35″W / 52.09252°N 1.09301°W / 52.09252; -1.09301
 - elevation150 m (490 ft)
MouthThe Wash
 - locationKing's Lynn, United Kingdom
 - coordinates52°47′47″N 0°21′53″E / 52.79632°N 0.36468°E / 52.79632; 0.36468Coordinates: 52°47′47″N 0°21′53″E / 52.79632°N 0.36468°E / 52.79632; 0.36468
 - elevation0 m (0 ft)
Length230 km (143 mi)
Basin size8,380 km2 (3,240 sq mi)
Discharge 
 - locationDenver Sluice [1] Catchment area 3430 km2
 - average15.8 m3/s (560 cu ft/s)Catchment area 3430 km2

The River Great Ouse (/ˈz/) is a river in the England. It is the longest of several British rivers called "Ouse".

From Syresham in central England, the Great Ouse flows into East Anglia. It goes into the Wash, a bay of the North Sea.

Its course is 143 miles (230 km), mostly flowing north and east.[2] It is the fifth longest river in the United Kingdom. The Great Ouse was important for commercial navigation, and for draining the low-lying region through which it flows.

Its best-known tributary is the Cam, which runs through Cambridge. Its lower course passes through drained wetlands and fens. It has been extensively modified to relieve flooding and provide a better route for barge traffic. It now enters the Wash after passing through the port of King's Lynn.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ely Ouse at Denver Complex gauging station.
  2. Owen, Susan; et al. (2005). Rivers and the British Landscape. Carnegie. ISBN 978-1-85936-120-7.