Welches Dam Lock
Closure of Welches Dam Lock in 2006 has made navigation of the river difficult and sometimes impossible to access. The Old Bedford River is a statutory navigation controlled and managed by the Environment Agency, and IWA’s Peterborough Branch has been campaigning to reopen this historic waterway route.
Welches Dam is one of the more challenging locations for IWA’s Silver Propeller Award and it will appeal to experienced boaters with a pioneering spirit, an ability to reverse and a willingness to contend with mud, weed and bumps.
The two most likely routes to the Old Bedford are from Denver lock (part of the River Great Ouse managed by EA) or from Salter’s Lode lock (part of the Middle Level Navigations managed by the Middle Level Commissioners).