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Abington
TL534490 (1*) Restricted Access
Sent in by Kevin Miller & Graham Hardy (04/12/2005)

'Passable only by bikes + horses (due to narrow entrance + bollard) this is right next to the road bridge.'















Alconbury (x4!)

TL183763 (2*) Suitable for All
TL178769 (3*) Suitable for All
TL176770 (3*) Suitable for All
TL187756 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Biff Vernon (Image 1: 06/06/2003), Chris Jones (Image 2 mouseover, 3 & 4: 24/01/2004), Jerry Birman (Images 2 & 5: 29/01/2004) and Chris Shoebottom (29/07/2004)

TL183763: Image 1.

TL178769: 'In the village of Alconbury Weston, this ford appears to be tarmaced and was a foot deep and fast-flowing after a rainy week. The ducks were making the most of it. Sadly the ford also sported a lot of cones, "Road Closed" signs and very new-looking steel gates which prevent access for now, at least. (Image 2)'

TL187756: 'In Alconbury village itself, this ford has tarmac entry and exits and a depth gauge showing just under 2 feet after a rainy week (Image 3). There's a footbridge alongside. Unfortunately the ford also has new gates and "Road Closed" signs, so any enthusiasts looking for some deep-water action will be disappointed. Apparently the gates have been closed for the last month (Image 4).'

TL176770: 'At the western end of Alconbury Weston, this ford has muddy entrance and exit making it 4x4 territory. It was too dark to take a photo, but a local farmer I met said that the ford has a firm stone and concrete bottom and he uses it regularly. It was blocked with a lump of fallen tree which he was planning to clear away when the water receded a little. He also expressed frustration at the new gates on the nearby tarmac fords. Interestingly, the footbridge alongside is supported on big stone piers which apparently carried a vehicular bridge until it was washed away!'





Barrington
TL385490 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Kevin Miller (21/03/2010)

'The image shows the Meldreth road out of Barrington, Cambridgeshire. It crosses the River Cam and the road is designed to flood with large bore tubes carrying flood water across the road from under the raised footpath. The road rarely floods but melted snow and heavy rain recently resulted in the wet road pictured!'









Bourn
TL317572 (4*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Chris Jones (31/01/2003)

'An interesting ford because one brook joins the road and flows along it for about 30m before joining another, larger brook in a deeper ford. The bottoms of the fords are all hard surfaces, varying from tarmac to sets. It's deep enough so that the last time I went through it in my Land Rover (admittedly a little too quickly) I had to put the windscreen wipers on afterwards!' Image mouseover sent in by Simon Stirley (22/06/2004)





Caxton
TL300582 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Chris Jones (12/05/2003)

'A tarmac-bottomed ford, only a few inches deep at the time of our visit. Regularly used by local vehicles, apparently it becomes quite fierce in flood. Has depth gauge and ford signs, and there's a footbridge alongside.' Image mouseover sent in by Simon Stirling (13/02/2004)





Fen Drayton
TL339686 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Simon Stirley (19/02/2004)







Hail Weston
TL172631 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Dave Taylor (22/01/2003)

'A fairly impressive ford which I have not visited for a few years. It used to be passable by car but was interesting in that the river crosses right on a corner and you could easily drive straight on up the river by mistake! It has a good concrete bottom with easy access. The depth on this particular visit was 2 foot, but there was evidence of it being at least 2 foot deeper still.'
Mouseover sent in by Christine Conely (26/06/2003)

'There are now some newish looking barriers at the top of the hill which can close the road off' Mark Davies





Hildersham
TL545485 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Chris Jones (31/01/2003)

'The ford is paralleled by a bridge, but the ford is still very much usable - it even has "no parking" signs on the approaches to it. The approaches are muddy grass, but I think the bottom of the ford itself is concrete matting, although it's a while since I've been through it. It's about 2 car lengths long.'







Hilton
TL291661 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Simon Stirley (12/08/2003)

Details by Jeremy Clark:
'Ford with concrete base on a road used frequently by locals (Image 1). During hot spells it dries out completely, but probably averages around 5 inches throughout the year.'

Image 2: (7/01/2008) and for once there's some water in the ford at Hilton!





Hinxton
TL491453 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Chris Jones (14/04/2003)

A concrete-bottomed ford on a well-used back road between Hinxton and Duxford. At the time of my visit, it wasn't very deep (less than 6 inches) but was surprisingly fast-flowing, and the base is covered in slimy green stuff, so two-wheeled users should take care. There's a footbridge alongside the ford, and a very comprehensive selection of signposts and depth gauges. One of the signposts on the Duxford side says "Ford 1170 yards". I wonder who measured that? Image mouseover sent in by Simon Stirley (22/06/2004)





Linton
TL564466 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Kevin Miller (20/12/2003)

'This is a hidden gem. The River Granta flows over the weir + through culverts under the ford normally but I've seen the torrent that results after heavy rain and you really wouldn't try to drive anything through it. Has a concrete base, raised footway + an excellent, new depth gauge. The road carries on into Linton village (behind the camera) through the mill buildings + is signposted as being "Unsuitable for Heavy Goods Vehicles". Image Mouseover sent in by Chris Jones (01/02/2004)'





Sutton Gault
TL426797 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Kevin Miller (06/01/04)

'This is one of 3 roads that cross the Hundred Foot Washes in the Fens (the others are the B1050 at Earith + the A1101 at Welney). The 1st to flood is usually this road at Sutton Gault (take the Bury Lane from Sutton - leads to the Anchor Inn) + as you can see from the photo it can become impassable. There's a very good footbridge for the entire length (this road is designed to flood) which gives views of the flat Fens landscape - afterwards you can visit the Anchor Inn.'







Weston Green (x2!)

TL628524 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
TL631533 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Simon Stirley (Image 1: 13/04/2004) and Graham Hardy (Image 2: 04/12/2005)

'Nice muddy ford at the start of a byway (Image 1). 2nd ford is smaller though just as muddy (Image 2)'

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