Select a County
| home | map | google maps | tidal roads | 5* fords | overseas | RIP! | blog |
| fording tips! | insurance advice | maintenance | finance tips | check the weather |

Worcestershire Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Devon Dorset Somerset & Avon Wiltshire Hampshire West Sussex Isle of Wight East Sussex Kent Surrey Greater London Berkshire Gloucestershire Essex Herefordshire Pembrokeshire Monmouthshire Welsh Valleys Swansea, Neath, Bridgend and Gower Carmarthenshire Powys Ceredigion Oxfordshire Suffolk Cambridgeshire Hertfordshire Norfolk Buckinghamshire Gwynedd Isle of Anglesey Bedfordshire Northamptonshire Warwickshire West Midlands Wrexham Flintshire Conwy Shropshire Denbighshire Lincolnshire Leicestershire & Rutland Nottinghamshire Derbyshire Staffordshire Cheshire East Riding South Yorkshire Merseyside: No fords found here yet! Greater Manchester West Yorkshire North Yorkshire Lancashire Isle of Man Cumbria County Durham Tyne & Wear: No fords found here yet! Northumberland Dumfries & Galloway Scottish Borders Ayrshire Lanarkshire Lothian & Falkirk Fife & Clackmanannshire: No fords found here yet! Moray Angus Aberdeenshire Argyll & Bute Stirling, Inverclyde, Dunbartonshire & Renfrewshire Perth & Kinross Highlands & Islands Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Run your mouse over the map to see the county names:

Click to see the fords...

Guide to the Guide

Each UK ford reported is classified on a county-by-county basis.  Where, the ford appears on a county border, it will be classified under the county of the nearest settlement.  Each ford will have an entry in the database containing:

1. Name of the ford
2. Landranger map reference of the ford. A click on this link will open up a new window showing the exact location of the ford in MultiMap
3. Rating and suitability of the ford
4. Name of contributer and date submitted
5. Some general info
6. A thumbnail of the ford (where available). By clicking on the thumbnail, a new window will open up with a bigger image of the ford.  If this symbol appears next to the name of the ford at the top of the new window, then the image is animated.  Run your mouse over the image to change it
Ford ratings are a bit subjective, but every Ford with a full listing (i.e. details, image and map) is given a grading which represents a fords 'visitability'. A rough indication of what this means is given as follows:

(1*) Basic Watersplash or Irish Bridge (Ford culverted at low flows).
Small Ford or rough larger Ford unsuitable for all vehicles.
Average Ford or large Ford unsuitable for all vehicles.
An unusually deep or long Ford.
(5*) A tourist attraction in its own right!

Criteria for Entry into the Guide

When I first started this guide, I reckoned that there would be about 150 fords across the country to visit.  Obviously misguided, I now realise that the figure will be closer to 1500!  As such, I have had to decide upon some strict criteria for inclusion to the guide.  Pretty much most get through, but I don't want the utility of the site to be swamped by little trickles across tracks in upland areas of the UK!  If a ford satisfies one of these guidelines, then that is good enough for me!

1. The ford is driveable by 'any' car. Bear in mind that access to the ford needs to be driveable too!
2. Any ford marked on a 1:50000 Landranger series.
3. Old fords recently sealed off and still accessible by cyclists and horse riders where the road is clearly in use at either side of the ford. e.g. High Wycombe.

4. 'Larger' fords on byways, providing the byway would remain in a motorable condition throughout most of the year. When does a ford become large is the problem here? I would say, no Irish Bridges or small trickles - anything from what would be a 3* on a normal road and up!

That's it! If not sure send it in anyway:

| Aberdeenshire | Angus | Argyll & Bute | Ayrshire | Bedfordshire | Berkshire |
| Buckinghamshire | Cambridgeshire | Carmarthenshire | Ceredigion | Cheshire |
| Conwy | Cornwall & Isles of Scilly | County Durham | Cumbria | Denbighshire |
| Derbyshire | Devon | Dorset | Dumfries & Galloway | East Riding | East Sussex |
| Essex | Fife & Clackmanannshire | Flintshire | Gloucestershire | Greater London |
| Greater Manchester | Gwynedd | Hampshire | Herefordshire | Hertfordshire |
| Highlands & Islands | Isle of Anglesey | Isle of Man | Isle of Wight | Kent |
| Lanarkshire | Lancashire | Leicestershire & Rutland | Lincolnshire |
| Lothian & Falkirk | Merseyside | Monmouthshire | Moray | Norfolk |
| Northamptonshire | Northumberland and Tyne & Wear | North Yorkshire |
| Nottinghamshire | Oxfordshire | Pembrokeshire | Perth & Kinross | Powys |
| Scottish Borders | Shropshire | Somerset | South Yorkshire | Staffordshire |
| Stirling, Inverclyde, Dunbartonshire & Renfrewshire | Suffolk | Surrey |
| Swansea, Neath, Bridgend & Gower | Warwickshire | Welsh Valleys |
| West Midlands | West Sussex | West Yorkshire | Wiltshire | Worcestershire |
| Wrexham | Northern Ireland | Republic of Ireland |

| home | map | google maps | top tips! | tidal roads | 5* fords | overseas | RIP! |

| About Us | Official Disclaimer | Privacy Policy |