River Parrett

Is it clear that this length of The Parrett IS a "navigation", ie. that there is an unarguable right for boat traffic to use it? Where can I find a definitive document telling me that it is (or is not) so, please?


The River Parrett is a small river and is part of the Waterways of Mainland Britain. It runs for 34 miles and 2½ furlongs through 3 locks from Thorney Mills Bridge Lock (which is a dead end) to Bridgwater Bar (where it joins the Bristol Channel).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 54 feet long and 14 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.

It has junctions with the River Yeo at Parrett - Yeo Junction; with the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal at Bridgwater and Taunton Canal - River Parrett Junction; with the River Brue at Parrett - Brue Junction; with the River Isle and Westport Canal at Parrett - Isle Junction and with the River Tone (Burrow Bridge to New Bridge ) at Parrett - Tone Junction.


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Thorney Mills Bridge Lock
Disused lock and head of navigation
Thorney Mills Bridge 1½ furlongs 1 lock
Parrett - Isle Junction
Junction of River Isle and Westport Canal with River Parrett
6½ furlongs 1 lock
Law Lane Bridge 2 miles 1 lock
Parrett - Pennymore Rhyne Junction
Junction of the River Parrett and the Pennymore Rhyne (no access)
2 miles and 1¾ furlongs 1 lock
Parrett - Yeo Junction
Junction of River Parrett with River Yeo
3 miles 1 lock
Huish Bridge 3 miles and ½ furlongs 1 lock
Parrett - Huish Level Rhyne (drain) Junction
Junction of the River Parrett and the Huish Level Rhyne (drain) - no access
3 miles and 5½ furlongs 1 lock
Langport Footbridge 3 miles and 5¾ furlongs 1 lock
Great Bow Bridge 3 miles and 6 furlongs 1 lock
Langport Lock 3 miles and 7¾ furlongs 1 lock
Taunton - Westbury Railway Bridge 4 miles and 1 furlong 2 locks
Parrett - Sowy Junction
Junction of the River Parrett and the River Sowy (no access)
4 miles and 4½ furlongs 2 locks
Oathe Footbridge 6 miles and 1½ furlongs 2 locks
Oathe Flood Gates 6 miles and 4¼ furlongs 2 locks
Stathe Bridge 7 miles and 5 furlongs 3 locks
Parrett - Tone Junction
Junction of River Parrett and River Tone
9 miles and 1 furlong 3 locks
Burrow Bridge 9 miles and 2¼ furlongs 3 locks
Dunwear Motorway Bridge 13 miles and 5½ furlongs 3 locks
Taunton to Bristol Railway Bridge 14 miles and ¼ furlongs 3 locks
Broadway Bridge (Bridgwater) 15 miles and ¾ furlongs 3 locks
Bridgwater Town Bridge 15 miles and 2 furlongs 3 locks
Chandos Bridge 15 miles and 3½ furlongs 3 locks
Telescopic Bridge 15 miles and 3¾ furlongs 3 locks
Bridgwater and Taunton Canal - River Parrett Junction
Junction of Bridgwater and Taunton Canal with River Parrett
15 miles and 4¾ furlongs 3 locks
Western Way Bridge 16 miles 3 locks
Parrett - King's Sedgemoor Drain Junction
Junction of the River Parrett and the King's Sedgemoor Drain - No Access
18 miles and 5¾ furlongs 3 locks
Dunball 18 miles and 6½ furlongs 3 locks
Combwich 23 miles and 6½ furlongs 3 locks
Parrett - Huntspill Junction
Junction of the River Parrett and the River Huntspill - No Access
26 miles and 7¾ furlongs 3 locks
Stert Point 27 miles and 5½ furlongs 3 locks
Parrett - Brue Junction
Junction of Rivers Parrett and Brue
28 miles and 3¼ furlongs 3 locks
Burnham-on-Sea 29 miles and 2½ furlongs 3 locks
Bridgwater Bar
Mouth of river
34 miles and 2½ furlongs 3 locks
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Wikipedia has a page about River Parrett

The River Parrett flows through the counties of Dorset and Somerset in South West England, from its source in the Thorney Mills springs in the hills around Chedington in Dorset. Flowing northwest through Somerset and the Somerset Levels to its mouth at Burnham-on-Sea, into the Bridgwater Bay nature reserve on the Bristol Channel, the Parrett and its tributaries drain an area of 660 square miles (1,700 km2) – about 50 per cent of Somerset's land area, with a population of 300,000.

The Parrett's main tributaries include the Rivers Tone, Isle, and Yeo, and the River Cary via the King's Sedgemoor Drain. The 37-mile (60 km) long river is tidal for 19 miles (31 km) up to Oath. The fall of the river between Langport and Bridgwater is only 1 foot per mile (0.2 m/km), so it is prone to frequent flooding in winter and during high tides. Many approaches have been tried since at least the medieval period to reduce the incidence and effect of floods and to drain the surrounding fields.

In Anglo-Saxon times the river formed a boundary between Wessex and Dumnonia. It later served the Port of Bridgwater, and enabled cargoes to be transported inland. The arrival of the railways led to a decline in commercial shipping, and the only working docks are at Dunball. Man's influence on the river has left a legacy of bridges and industrial artefacts. The Parrett along with its connected waterways and network of drains supports an ecosystem that includes several rare species of flora and fauna. The River Parrett Trail has been established along the banks of the river.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to River Parrett
[River Parrett Trail] [Chedington] [Somerset Levels] [River Yeo (South Somerset)] [River Isle] [Westport Canal] [Ivelchester and Langport Navigation] [River Cary (Somerset)] [Southlake Moor]
Information retrieved Wednesday 30 December 2015 at 3:36