Béthune (river)

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Béthune à Mesnières.jpg
Origin Gaillefontaine
Mouth Arques River
49°53′29″N 1°7′51″E / 49.89139°N 1.13083°E / 49.89139; 1.13083 (Arques-Béthune)Coordinates: 49°53′29″N 1°7′51″E / 49.89139°N 1.13083°E / 49.89139; 1.13083 (Arques-Béthune)
Basin countries France
Length 61 km
Source elevation 160 m
Avg. discharge 2.9
Basin area 307 km²

The Béthune is a river of Normandy, France, 61 kilometres (38 mi) in length, flowing through the department of Seine-Maritime and it is a tributary of the Arques River. The French Sandre regulators however, consider the Béthune as the Arques for all its length.[1]


Arques and Béthune drainage basin.

The river’s source is at the village of Gaillefontaine near to Forges-les-Eaux. Its valley is wholly within the pays de Bray. Its course takes it past the communes of Neufchâtel-en-Bray, Mesnières-en-Bray, Bures-en-Bray, Osmoy-Saint-Valery, Saint-Vaast-d'Équiqueville, Dampierre-Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Aubin-le-Cauf and finally Arques-la-Bataille where it joins the Eaulne and the Varenne Rivers to form the Arques River

Like other rivers in the region, the Béthune is classified as a first class river, offering anglers the chance to catch salmon and trout.

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  1. ^ The Béthune on the Sandre website. Consulted 8 June 2008.

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