River Ray

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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.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)

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