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The Ouse Valley Way is a 150-mile footpath following the River Great Ouse from its source near Brackley in Northamptonshire to its mouth in The Wash near King's Lynn. The Great Ouse at St Neots The River Great Ouse is a river in the east of England. ... Brackley is a town in Northamptonshire, England. ... Northamptonshire (abbreviated Northants) is a landlocked county in central England with a population of 629,676 (2001 census). ... The Wash is also the name of a 2001 film. ... Map sources for Kings Lynn at grid reference TF6120 Kings Lynn is a medium-sized town in Norfolk, England on the River Great Ouse. ...


There is a long-term plan to complete remaining gaps in the path, meanwhile it's possible to walk the entire route although in places the footpath and river temporarily part company.

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Swans nesting beside the Great Ouse near St Neots

The route passes many interesting places and there is much to see including attractive countryside, pretty villages, ancient English market towns, churches and a cathedral, and abundant wildlife. Swans nesting beside the River Great Ouse near St Neots, UK. I took this photo myself on 9th June 2002 and have placed this version in the public domain. ... Swans nesting beside the River Great Ouse near St Neots, UK. I took this photo myself on 9th June 2002 and have placed this version in the public domain. ...


Towns from source to mouth include Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Olney, Bedford, St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Ely, Downham Market, and King's Lynn. This article is about the town of Buckingham in Buckinghamshire, England. ... Milton Keynes (pronounced1 mill-tun keens) is a purpose-built, high technology city in the south east of England approximately 50 miles (80km) north of London and mid-way between Oxford and Cambridge. ... Location within the British Isles. ... Bedford is the county town of the English county of Bedfordshire. ... St Neots is a town of about 28,000 people on the River Great Ouse, the largest town in the administrative county of Cambridgeshire, England (Cambridge itself is a city). ... This article is about the English town of Huntingdon. ... St Ives is a medium-sized market town in the administrative county of Cambridgeshire, England (around 15 miles north-west of the city of Cambridge, it lies in the local government district and traditional county of Huntingdonshire. ... There are other places also called Ely. ... Map sources for Downham Market at grid reference TF6103 Downham Market, also known simply as Downham, is a town in Norfolk, England, with a population of around 7,500 people. ... Map sources for Kings Lynn at grid reference TF6120 Kings Lynn is a medium-sized town in Norfolk, England on the River Great Ouse. ...


The route is way-marked and maintained by The Countryside Agency who also provide maps and written guides online. The Countryside Agency in England is a statutory body with the task of improving the quality of the rural environment and the lives of those living in it. ...


External links

  • Ouse Valley Way website (http://www.ousevalleyway.org.uk/) - a guide for the entire route
  • Huntingdonshire District (http://www.huntsleisure.org/countryside/ousevalley/) - notes on the section from St Neots to Earith

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