River Great Ouse

River Great Ouse
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The River Great Ouse after Brownshill Staunch, near Over in Cambridgeshire
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Great Ouse catchment
CountryUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
CountiesNorthamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk
Physical characteristics
 - locationSyresham, South Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, England
 - coordinates52°05′33″N 1°05′35″W / 52°05′33″N 1°05′35″W / 52.09252; -1.09301
 - elevation150 m (490 ft)
MouthThe Wash
 - location
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
 - coordinates
52°47′47″N 0°21′53″E / 52°47′47″N 0°21′53″E / 52.79632; 0.3646815.8 m3/s (560 cu ft/s)Catchment area 3430 km2

The River Great Ouse (z/) is a river in the United Kingdom, the longest of several British rivers called "Ouse". From Syresham in central England, the Great Ouse flows into East Anglia before entering the Wash, a bay of the North Sea. With a course of 143 miles (230 km), mostly flowing north and east, it is the one of the longest rivers in the United Kingdom. The Great Ouse has been historically important for commercial navigation, and for draining the low-lying region through which it flows; its best-known tributary is the Cam, which runs through Cambridge. Its lower course passes through drained wetlands and fens and has been extensively modified, or channelised, to relieve flooding and provide a better route for barge traffic. Though the unmodified river probably changed course regularly after floods, it now enters the Wash after passing through the port of King's Lynn, south of its earliest-recorded route to the sea.


The name Ouse is from the Celtic or pre-Celtic *Udso-s,[2] and probably means simply "water" or slow flowing river.[3] Thus the name is a pleonasm. The lower reaches of the Great Ouse are also known as "Old West River" and "the Ely Ouse", but all the river is often referred to simply as the Ouse in informal usage (the word "Great", which originally meant simply big, or in the case of a river long, is used to distinguish this river from several others called the Ouse).

Other Languages
Boarisch: Great Ouse
català: Gran Ouse
Чӑвашла: Грейт-Уз
čeština: Great Ouse
dansk: Great Ouse
Deutsch: Great Ouse
español: Río Gran Ouse
Esperanto: Great Ouse
فارسی: گریت اوز
français: Great Ouse
հայերեն: Գրեյթ Ուզ
italiano: Great Ouse
lietuvių: Didysis Uzas
norsk: Great Ouse
norsk nynorsk: Great Ouse
polski: Great Ouse
русский: Грейт-Уз
српски / srpski: Грејт Уз
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Great Ouse
svenska: Great Ouse
українська: Грейт-Уз
中文: 大烏茲河