The Rythe

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The Rythe as it passes through Claygate
The Rythe in Littleworth Common

The Rythe is a river in the county of Surrey, England. It is a tributary of the River Thames which it joins at Thames Ditton on the reach above Teddington Lock.

The Rythe rises in the vicinity of Prince's Coverts woodland near Oxshott and runs under the A3 road into forested Arbrook Common. It is joined by another stream and runs through Claygate[1] and Littleworth Common to the Scilly Isles roundabout at part of wooded Ditton Marsh, often cast in the mind's eye as a part of Esher, being close to Esher railway station. The river then follows the Portsmouth Road towards Thames Ditton, and runs into the River Thames near Ferry Road, forming the boundary between Kingston and Thames Ditton. [2]

The Rythe has often clay-lined banks and its lack of depth and width in places, as opposed to its historic condition, has been implicated in flash flooding in gardens and drainage systems, in the suburban central part of Claygate. A flood alleviation scheme was therefore drawn up in 2002 between the responsible authorities.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Monograph No 4: More on boundaries and old maps
  2. ^ Thames Ditton Virtual Village Village Boundaries
  3. ^ Paul McManus Battle lines drawn in sewer inquiry Get Surrey 12/11/2002

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Next confluence upstream River Thames Next confluence downstream

River Ember
River Mole (south)
The Rythe Longford River, Raven's Ait (north)

Coordinates: 51°23′28″N 0°19′34″W / 51.391°N 0.326°W / 51.391; -0.326