River Kym

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River Kym
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River Kym near Great Staughton
River Kym is located in Cambridgeshire
River Kym
Location of the mouth within Cambridgeshire
CountryUnited Kingdom
Physical characteristics
 - locationNewton Bromswold
 - coordinates52°15′42″N 0°34′28″W / 52.2618°N 0.5745°W / 52.2618; -0.5745
 - elevation95 m (312 ft)
MouthGreat Ouse
 - location
St Neots
 - coordinates
52°14′20″N 0°16′12″W / 52.239°N 0.270°W / 52.239; -0.270Coordinates: 52°14′20″N 0°16′12″W / 52.239°N 0.270°W / 52.239; -0.270
 - elevation
13 m (43 ft)
Length32 km (20 mi)
Basin features
River systemGreat Ouse

The River Kym is a river in Cambridgeshire, England. It flows through the village of Tilbrook, to Kimbolton, and joins the Great Ouse at St Neots. It is known as the River Til in its upper reaches, tributaries include the Pertenhall Brook.[1][2]


Rising right on the Northamptonshire-Bedfordshire border at the west of the parish of Newton Bromswold, it flows north-east to cross into Bedfordshire at Yelden and then into Cambridgeshire at Tilbrook. Turning south east, it divides the town of Kimbolton in two and runs past Kimbolton Castle to Stonely. It next flows past the parish church of St Andrew to the west of Great Staughton, encircling the village to the south. It flows into the Great Ouse just to the north of St Neots, where it forms the parish boundary between St Neots and Little Paxton.[3]


The name of the river seems to be a back-formation from the town of Kimbolton, whose name means "farmstead of a man called Cynebald", so it is clear that the town is not named after the river.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kym". Catchment Data Explorer. Environment Agency. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Kym (and Til)". Catchment Data Explorer. Environment Agency. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey of Great Britain: 1:25000
  4. ^ A. D. Mills. A Dictionary of British Place Names. Oxford University Press.

External links[edit]

Media related to River Kym at Wikimedia Commons