Historical Information

The river has been a busy transport route since the sixteenth century. It was made navigable following Acts of Parliament in 1664, 1740, 1792, 1802 and 1824. The oast houses, which can still be seen along the route, are evidence of the area’s history of hop growing and brewing.


See also:

Waterways A-Z
Map of UK Waterways

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