I've not paddled this river and donít have a full itinerary. What follows are a few landmarks and bridges. It is a bleak windswept river with, apart from Lincoln and Boston, little to see as you paddle between high flood banks. But look out for the hamlet of New York set back from the bank at Dogdyke and as you paddle on to Boston remember from where two of the world's great cities got their names.
Access is also possible from the A17 bridge at Beckingham
The old bridge is closed to vehicles, but there is parking on the old road, and steps to the water under the new bridge. There was plenty of flow when I visited in Feb. 2006
0 miles - A1434 bridge at Bracebridge
Plough Inn left.
Launch left below bridge
Dixon Street bridge
Boultham Ave bridge
Channel enters left
Station street bridge
1.2 miles - Brayford pool
The Fossdyke canal enters from the west.
Exit Brayford pool to the east under the modern Wigford Way bridge A 57
1.3 miles -The Glory Hole.
The High Street
1.4 miles - A15 bridge
2 miles - Stamp end Lock
The upper gate has an unusual guillotine design instead of the usual hinged doors.
2.2 miles - Railway bridge
6.7 miles - Fiskerton moorings left.
The river is set back a mile or so from the river. The Witham once ran past the village but was straightened many years ago when the fens were drained.
7 miles - Five Mile house bridge
10 miles - Short Ferry Pumping station left.
river course leaves left around Branston Island.
11 miles - Bardney Lock
river rejoins left.
11.5 miles - Bardney bridge B1190
Landing stage left above bridge
Sugar factory left below bridge
17.5 miles - Kirkstead bridge
Kirkstead Arms right
Railway hotel left
21 miles - Tattersall bridges
The new bridge now carries the A153
22.2 miles - Dogdyke right
Land left for the Packet Inn.
23 miles - Chapel Hill right
Slea navigation (Kyme Eau) enters right
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28 miles - Langrick bridge
Ferry Boat Inn left
30.2 miles - Anton's Gowt
Malcolm Arms left
The lock on the channel leaving left enters the Witham navigable drains. It is possible to paddle through to the centre of Boston via this route.
32.7 miles - Boston Grand Sluice.
The end of the non tidal Witham.
Boston - the town that gave its name to a famous New World settlement.
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