River Witham (Lincoln to Boston)
The River Witham (Lincoln to Boston) is a broad canal and is part of the River Witham. It runs for 32 miles and 6 furlongs through 2 locks from High Bridge Lincoln (the Glory Hole) (where it joins the Fossdyke Canal) to Boston Grand Sluice Lock No 3 (where it joins the River Witham (Boston to the Wash)).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 67 feet and 11 inches long and 17 feet and 5 inches wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is 5 feet.
It has junctions with the River Witham (Sleaford Navigation(Kyme Eau)-navigable section) at Chapel Hill Junction and with the Witham Navigable Drains (Frith Bank Drain) at Anton's Gowt Junction.The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 18M - Fossdyke and Witham Navigation and Tributaries Map (Downloadable)
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
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|High Bridge Lincoln (the Glory Hole)|
|Waterside Centre Pedestrian Bridge No 2||½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Broadgate Bridge No 3
14 day moorings
|1 furlong||0 locks|
|Waterside House Pedestrian Bridge No 4||2¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Stamp End Lock No 1||3 furlongs||0 locks|
|Lincoln Railway Bridge No 7
The bridge carries the line from Lincoln Central to Market Rasen.
|3¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Witham Park Bridge No 8||4¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Pipe Bridge by Spa Road, Lincoln||6 furlongs||1 lock|
|Washingborough Visitor Moorings
48 hour visitor moorings
|2 miles and 4¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Five Mile House Bridge||5 miles and 7 furlongs||1 lock|
|Fiskerton Fen||7 miles and 4½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Bardney Lock Weir Entrance
Channel leading to the Weir - No Access
|7 miles and 6½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Bardney Lock No 2
72 hour visitor mooring pontoon above the lock with card operated electricity points.
|9 miles and ¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|Bardney Lock Weir Exit
Channel leading to the Weir
|9 miles and 1¼ furlongs||2 locks|
|Bardney Lock Old Railway Bridge
Disused, now a footpath
|9 miles and 1½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Bardney Bridge Visitor Pontoons||9 miles and 6 furlongs||2 locks|
|Bardney Bridge||9 miles and 7 furlongs||2 locks|
|British Sugar Pipe Bridge||10 miles and 2¾ furlongs||2 locks|
|River Witham - Nocton Delph Junction||12 miles and ½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Dunstan Fen Visitor Moorings||12 miles and 6¾ furlongs||2 locks|
|Southrey Visitor Moorings||12 miles and 7 furlongs||2 locks|
|Stixwould||14 miles and 4½ furlongs||2 locks|
48 hour visitor mooring pontoon upstream of the road bridge
|16 miles and 6 furlongs||2 locks|
|Horncastle Canal Junction
Gibsons Cut - No Access
|20 miles and 2¾ furlongs||2 locks|
Tattershall Castle is 1 mile north, and well worth visiting.
|20 miles and 7 furlongs||2 locks|
|Old Sleaford Road Bridge
48 hour mooring pontoons, room for 4 narrowboats.
|20 miles and 7½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Belle Isle Marina||21 miles and 7 furlongs||2 locks|
|Dogdyke Visitor Moorings||22 miles||2 locks|
|Chapel Hill Junction
Junction with Sleaford Navigation(Kyme Eau)-navigable section
|22 miles and 6¾ furlongs||2 locks|
48 hour visitor mooring pontoon just upstream of the bridge.
|28 miles and 1¾ furlongs||2 locks|
|Anton's Gowt Junction
Junction of Witham Navigable Drains with River Witham. 2 mooring pontoons, upstream for lock users (max stay 2 hours), downstream 48 hour visitor mooring.
|30 miles and 2¾ furlongs||2 locks|
|Boston C&RT Moorings||32 miles and 4½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Boston Grand Sluice Railway Bridge||32 miles and 5¾ furlongs||2 locks|
|Boston Grand Sluice Lock No 3||32 miles and 6 furlongs||2 locks|
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Wikipedia has a page about River Witham
The River Witham is a river almost entirely in the county of Lincolnshire in the east of England. It rises south of Grantham close to South Witham at SK8818, passes Lincoln at SK9771 and at Boston, TF3244, flows into The Haven, a tidal arm of The Wash, near RSPB Frampton Marsh. The name "Witham" seems to be extremely old and of unknown origin. Archaeological and documentary evidence shows the importance of the Witham as a navigation from the Iron Age onwards. From Roman times it was navigable to Lincoln, from where the Fossdyke was constructed to link it to the River Trent. The mouth of the river moved in 1014 following severe flooding, and Boston became important as a port.
From 1142 onwards, sluices were constructed to prevent flooding by the sea, and this culminated in the Great Sluice, which was constructed in 1766. It maintained river levels above Boston, and helped to scour the channel below it. The land through which the lower river runs has been the subject of much land drainage, and many drains are connected to the Witham by flood doors, which block them off if river levels rise rapidly. The river is navigable from Brayford Pool in Lincoln to Boston, with Locks only in Lincoln, at Bardney and at the Grand Sluice. Passage through the Grand Sluice lock is restricted to short periods when the tidal levels are suitable. The river provides access for boaters to the Witham Navigable Drains, to the north of Boston, and to the South Forty-Foot Drain to the south, which was reopened as part of the Fens Waterways Link, a project to link the river to the River Nene near Peterborough. From Brayford Pool, the Fossdyke Navigation still links to the Trent.