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TL033522 (5*) Restricted Access
Sent in by Peter Chesher (01/12/2004)

'In the Village of Clapham, Just opposite the junction for Green Lane, is a road called The Ford, its also located next to The Swan Public House. There are no restrictions in access to the Ford and once crossed it can be used as a route across the fields to Bromham. Tractors use it quite regularly.

The Ford is Concreted across, but in some places the river has washed it out causing a few dips so a good reccy on foot is recommended to avoid getting stuck. For this reason I wouldnít recommend cars attempt it. In the summer time when the river is running low its about 2 Feet deep, and Iíve seen several 4x4ís cross with no problems. Winter time is a different matter, and the Ouse gains several feet easily and is very fast flowing.

I would estimate that the Ford is about 3-4 feet deep when I took the picture yesterday. At the same time yesterday, I would say the river would have to rise another 3 to 4ft to start flooding the road at nearby Felmersham or Radwell. So this Ford can become very deep and extremely dangerous.'


SP933641 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Russ Beck (24/04/2003)

'On a byway 4x4 access Closed Oct - Apr inc.'

Felmersham Causeway
SP989580 (2*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Russ Beck and Peter Chesher (Image 1: 01/12/2004, Mouseover: 13/02/2009)

'200yds long up to 4ft deep when the River Ouse is in flood, otherwise dry.'

North Crawley
SP937445 (4*) Restricted Access
Sent in by Andrew JD Smith (27/10/2004)

'When I visited last winter the stream had inundated a 60-yard stretch of the lane. The maximum depth was over a foot. I think there is a concrete surface but it had been covered with a thick layer of sludge. The lane is made of deteriorating tarmac, but the surface has completely disintegrated at the road junction immediately to the east of the ford. I have driven through it in summer when it was still of reasonable depth and width. There are depth gauges, warning signs and a footbridge.'

'The road has been closed to traffic by a Traffic Regulation Order and is now gated at both ends.' North Crawley Parish Council

Radwell Causeway
TL006571 (2*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Russ Beck and Peter Chesher (Image 1: 01/12/2004, Image 2&3: 13/02/2009)

'Just down the road from Felmersham is the village of Radwell and that again has another causeway which is a good experience when the River Ouse is in Flood. I measured it today and its roughly 320 metres in length.'

TL220474 (3*) Suitable for All

A delightful ford of moderate length and depth set in the middle of this Bedfordshire village. I needed the help of traction control to get through the ford, so perhaps the concrete bottom is a little slippy. The two arch bridge is perhaps the most outstanding feature and has a plaque commentating upon it's history.

Upper Dean
TL047679 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Gordon Kerr (13/05/2003)

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