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Middle Level - Forty Foot River

Description of Middle Level - Forty Foot River: Vermuyden's Drain is another name for this waterway, which runs 10.5 miles, from Wells Bridge, where it joins the Old River Nene, to Welches Dam Sluice, where it joins the Old Bedford River and Counter Wash Drain.
For the History of this waterway see the History page.

Points of Interest of Middle Level - Forty Foot River: The length between Horseway Lock and Welches Dam Lock is not normally navigable due to low water levels. Special arrangements must be made to navigate this section.

Waterway Group: This waterway is part of the Middle Level Navigation

Navigation Authority: : Middle Level Commissioners, Dartford Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 8AF : Telephone 01354 653232 :

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Middle Level - Forty Foot River: Horseway Lock: Length 60 foot, beam 11 foot. Welches Dam Lock: Length 47 foot, beam 11 foot. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Middle Level - Forty Foot River: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Wells Bridge Junction

Junction with Middle Level - Old River Nene Junction with the Old River Nene

0

0

N

TL299881

142

Forty Foot Bridge

0.5

0

N

TL307881

142

Puddock Bridge

3.3

0

N

TL350880

142

Leonard Child's Bridge

5.3

0

N

TL383885

142

Chatteris Road Bridge

A141 road bridge

6

0

N

TL394882

142

Sixteen Foot Corner

Junction with Middle Level - Sixteen Foot River Sixteen Foot River junction

7.8

0

N

TL421873

143

Horseway Village Bridge

B1098 road bridge

8.1

0

N

TL426872

143

Horseway Sluice

8.5

1

N

TL435869

143

Welches Dam Sluice

Junction with the Old Bedford River and Counter Wash Drain

10

2

N

TL479858

143

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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