River Ray

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This article is about the river in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. For the river in Wiltshire, see River Ray, Wiltshire. For the fish, see Potamotrygonidae.
The River Ray.
New River Ray at Oddington.
River Ray at Otmoor.

The River Ray is a river in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, England. It rises at Quainton Hill and flows west through a flat countryside for around 25 km or 15 miles.[1] It passes the village of Ambrosden and then flows through Otmoor. It joins the River Cherwell near Islip.

In 1815 a new channel was cut between Charlton-on-Otmoor and Oddington, known as the New River Ray, to divert much of the water flow around the northern and southern edge of Otmoor.[2]


  1. ^ http://publications.environment-agency.gov.uk/PDF/GETH0705BJHS-E-E.pdf
  2. ^ Mary D. Lobel (editor) (1957). "Parishes: Beckley". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 5: Bullingdon hundred. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 

Coordinates: 51°49′11″N 1°14′32″W / 51.8197°N 1.2423°W / 51.8197; -1.2423