River Ray, Wiltshire

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River Ray, Wiltshire
River Ray new meandering channel at Rivermead - geograph.org.uk - 354466.jpg
River Ray new meandering channel at Rivermead, Swindon, Wiltshire.
Country England
Counties Wiltshire
Towns Swindon
 - location Wroughton, Wiltshire
 - coordinates 51°31′24″N 1°47′29″W / 51.52333°N 1.79139°W / 51.52333; -1.79139
Mouth River Thames
 - location Cricklade
 - coordinates 51°38′39″N 1°49′20″W / 51.64417°N 1.82222°W / 51.64417; -1.82222Coordinates: 51°38′39″N 1°49′20″W / 51.64417°N 1.82222°W / 51.64417; -1.82222
Discharge for Water Eaton, Wiltshire
 - average 1.28 m3/s (45 cu ft/s)
 - max 32.2 m3/s (1,137 cu ft/s) 27 September 1974
 - min 0.26 m3/s (9 cu ft/s) 28 August 1976

The River Ray is a tributary of the River Thames in England which flows through Wiltshire.

The river rises at Wroughton to the south of Swindon and runs to the west of the town via Shaw.[1] It joins the Thames on the southern bank near Cricklade just upstream of Water Eaton House Bridge. The river has been subject to a restoration project run by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The final stage, completed in December 2007, was to build a tunnel near the Great Western Way at Rivermead to allow the nine species of fish to travel the length of the river without obstruction.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fred. S Thacker The Thames Highway Vol II Locks and Weirs 1920
  2. ^ BBC News 16 December 2007 Tunnel allows fish to swim freely
Next confluence upstream River Thames Next confluence downstream
River Key (south) River Ray, Wiltshire River Coln (north) with
Thames and Severn Canal