Great Ouse Bore

There are approximately sixty rivers with tidal bores around the world, with eleven in Great Britain, where the River Severn Bore is probably the best known.

The River Great Ouse has a bore, which travels upstream from the wash, through King’s Lynn, and sometimes known as the Wiggenhall Wave after the village it passes near its upper limit.  On large tides it continues as a smaller wave to reach Salters Lode, Denver and sometimes a little beyond.

We were waiting outside Salters Lode Lock for the highest spring tide in this cycle to use its flow to take us up the New Bedford River.  We needed to wait in the safety of the lock mouth until what was left of the bore had passed.  The video footage will be used in some of our DVDs we will be editing next winter, but I’ve extracted three still shots from our Bowcam footage.

Use the bottom tyre near the corner of the mud bank to gauge the water level.

The first shot is taken with the wave just coming into sight.

Waiting for the Great Ouse Bore outside Salters Lode Lock.

The second shot is taken less than a minute later when the main wave of the bore has passed.

Incoming Great Ouse Bore outside Salters Lode Lock.

The third shot is taken less than a minute after that when the secondary wave has passed.

After the Great Ouse Bore has passed Salters Lode Lock.

In less than two minutes we’ve had the excitement of two waves passing and rising around 60cm (that’s two feet) in two great surges as the waves passed.

We’ve completed filming for the New Bedford River and we’ll be returning through Denver to Salters Lode to film the conventional approach to the River Great Ouse with the tidal crossing from Salters Lode to Denver.

River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs

I am pleased to say our River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs have just been released.

River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVD Cover (Combined Version)

The River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs are available in our usual three formats:-

  • Popular – like a television programme showing the highlights of the canal
  • Bowcam – a forward facing camera, speeded up for a little fun, showing the whole canal
  • Combined – both Popular and Bowcam in one box for the best of both worlds, saving money and postage.
River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs. Popular, Bowcam and Combined (left to right)

Joining the River Great Ouse through Salters Lode Lock on the Middle Level Navigations we’ll show the tidal crossing to Denver Lock, then follow the river upstream to the limit of navigation at Bedford.

We’ll visit each of the connected navigable waterways including the Relief Channel and the Rivers Wissey, Little Ouse and Lark.  We’ll cruise along the Cam into Cambridge, visiting Burwell, Reach and Wicken Lodes along the way.

We’ll also see the Great Ouse bore as we show the alternative tidal route along the New Bedford River.

Route covered by the River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs

The Popular and Combined DVDs each include an information booklet and a fold-out map.

Contents of the River Great Ouse and Tributaries Combined DVD. Includes both Popular and Bowcam discs, a fold-out map and an information booklet.

Enjoy these waterways from the comfort of your armchair. These River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs, or any others from our range of waterway DVDs, are great for planning your cruise, or just for fun.

We also have the River Great Ouse and Tributaries Maps which are available to download in both Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) formats.

Extract from River Great Ouse and Tributaries Maps

The River Great Ouse and Tributaries Maps are also available on CD in a presentation box which makes them ideal for giving as a present.

River Great Ouse and Tributaries Map presentation box (thin DVD size)
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