- River Great Ouse
Infobox River | river_name = River Great Ouse
caption = The River Great Ouse after Brownshill Staunch, near Over
origin = near Syresham in Northamptonshire
mouth = King's Lynn
length = 240 km (150 miles)
elevation = 115 m (380 feet)
watershed = The River Great Ouse is a
riverin the east of England. It is 150 miles (240 km) long which makes it the major navigation in East Anglia, and the fourth-longest river in the United Kingdom. The lower reaches of the Great Ouse are also known as "Old West River" and "the Ely Ouse". The name "Ouse" is from the Celtic or pre-Celtic *"Udso-s" [ Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch:entry 9] , and probably means simply "water". [ Oxford Dictionary of British Place Names (2003) ]
The river has several sources close to the villages of
Syreshamand Sulgravein Northamptonshire. It flows through Brackley, Buckingham, Milton Keynesat Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, Olney, Bedford, St Neots, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Hemingford Grey, St Ives, the cathedral city of Ely, Littleport, Downham Marketand enters The Washat King's Lynn.
Environment Agencyis the navigation authorityand it attempts to attract more boaters to the river.
Ouse Washesare an internationally important area for wildlife.
Tributaries of the River Great Ouse: (upstream [source] to downstream by confluence)
River Ouzel(or Lovat)
River Little Ouse
Old Bedford River
New Bedford River(also known as Hundred Foot Drain)
In 1944 the annual boat race between the Oxford and Cambridge universities took place on this river, between Littleport and Queen Adelaide, the only time that it has not been held on the Thames; it was won by Oxford. [cite web|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/cambridgeshire/out_about/2004/02/historic_boat_race.shtml|title=Celebrate the 1944 University Boat Race!|publisher=BBC|date=February 2004]
*The Ouse Valley Way (Long distance footpath along the Ouse)
RSPB Ouse Washes( Royal Society for the Protection of Birdsreserve)
WWT Welney( Wildfowl and Wetlands Trustreserve)
Rivers of the United Kingdom
The Boat Race
* [http://www.jim-shead.com/waterways/River-Great-Ouse.html Useful information on the river from Jim Shead]
* [http://www.fenlandlincs.com/GreatOuse Drainage and Rivers of Fens]
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