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Title: River Ancholme navigation
Author: Environment Agency Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
The River Ancholme is navigable for 33km (21 miles) from the entrance of the River Humber at South Ferriby to Bishopbridge. There is a historic suspension bridge crossing the navigation at Horkstow and the navigation passes through the centre of the old market town of Brigg. Boats have travelled on the River Ancholme for many hundreds of years, with works to improve the navigation being recorded as early as the end of the 13th century. In the past the Ancholme represented an important route for the transportation of cargo, linking rural areas with the industrial towns of Yorkshire and beyond. Today, the river is almost exclusively used for recreation with over 200 boats registered on the system. The Ancholme valley has a rural character and lies within a broad clay vale, between the tracts of higher ground of the Lincolnshire Edge in the west and the Lincolnshire Wolds in the east. The River Ancholme, as it is seen today, is largely a result of man's labours, and modifications to the rivers and streams for navigation and land drainage purposes have resulted in a uniform channel profile. The historic landscape of fresh and salt water marshes and meadows is now replaced with productive arable land. Besides boating, leisure pursuits on the river include angling for roach and bream, rowing, canoeing and walking, as footpath access is good along the riverbanks.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: [after 1996]
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: RiversNavigationRecreationInformation dissemination
Geographic Keywords: EA AnglianLincolnshireAncholmeLouth Grimsby and Ancholme catchment
Extent: n.p. [4]
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