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River Rother (East Sussex)

The River Rother is navigable from Bodiam to the sea at Rye Harbour. 

Map showing the River Rother

Facts & Stats




(26.5 km)

The length of the River Rother (Eastern) that is navigable.

From Bodiam to Rye Harbour

The River is navigable from Bodiam to the sea at Rye Harbour. There is one lock at Scots Float Sluice whose downstream end is tidal.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 49′ (15 metres)
  • Beam: 13′ (4 metres)
  • Height: 6′ 2″ (1.87 metres)
  • Draught: 3′ (0.9 metres)

Navigation authority

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