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Named discs with two swans on water (Beds); swan, water and tree logo (Cambs)Ouse Valley Way

Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Northamptonshire

229 km / 142 miles
A source-to-sea route on one of England's longest rivers, it follows the River Great Ouse on its meandering passage from close to its source to the tidal river at Kings Lynn, linking many towns and villages. It passes through Stowe Park to reach Buckingham, then fringes north of Milton Keynes and Newport Pagnell. It heads via Emberton Country Park to Sharnbrook (with H E Bates connections) and visits Bedford's Priory Park and passes a Danish Camp at Willingdon, then links St Neots, Huntingdon (Cromwell's birthplace), St Ives and Earith. After Earith, the Dutch engineer Vermuyden worked to shorten the river across the Hundred Foot Washes, while the Way keeps along the Old West River where the Stretham Old Engine tells the story of the draining of the Fens. Before Ely, with its cathedral visible on the skyline, it meets the River Cam, and after Ely it runs in common with the Fen Rivers Way, crossing the Bedford Level to Downham Market and Kings Lynn, where the river finally flows out into the Wash.

As it passes from rolling Buckinghamshire countryside to reach open black-soiled fenland landscapes, now sunk some 10ft below the elevated riverbanks, it offers a mixture of riverside and canal walking, sections alongside old flooded gravel pits, and gentle countryside with few other climbs. Some stretches leave the river to avoid areas flood-prone in winter and there is some road walking, some alongside busy roads.

The former Ouse Valley Walk (13 miles) follows the River Great Ouse between Buckingham and Milton Keynes and connects with the North Bucks Way at Iron Viaduct.

UPDATE June 2021 - We have been advised that the section of this footpath in Buckinghamshire, particularly from Syresham to Dadford, is in a poor condition and has been badly neglected. It is understood that Buckinghamshire County Council have been made aware of the issues.


Waymark: Named discs with two swans on water (Beds); swan, water and tree logo (Cambs)
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named discs with two swans on water (Beds); swan, water and tree logo (Cambs)
Attributes: Easy
Industrial History
Start: SP631415 - King's Head Pub, Syresham, Northamptonshire View on StreetMap
Finish: TF617198 - Kings Lynn, Norfolk View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2004
Web Sites: Huntingdonshire DC - Ouse Valley Way Griffmonster - Ouse Valley Way posts [blog] LetsGo! - Ouse Valley Way : Bedford to Great Barford LetsGo! - Ouse Valley Way : Great Barford to St Neots LetsGo! - Ouse Valley Way : Stevington to Bedford LetsGo! - Ouse Valley Way : Turvey to Sharnbrook

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External download Ouse Valley Way : Stevington to Bedford : map  (Marston Vale Trust ) Download
External download Ouse Valley Way : Turvey to Sharnbrook : map  (Marston Vale Trust ) Download


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 131, 132, 142, 143, 152, 153, 154, 165
OS Landranger Active 131, 132, 142, 143, 152, 153, 154, 165
OS Explorer 191, 192, 207, 208, 225, 226, 228, 236, 250
OS Explorer Active 191, 192, 207, 208, 225, 226, 228, 236, 250

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Bunk House
< 1 km
71 km
Walkers are Welcome
4 km
111 km

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Route Profile:

229.1 km (142.4 miles)
1,255 m (4,117 ft) ascent
144 m (472 ft)  maximum height

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