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Fossdyke runs from Torksey Lock on the tidal river Trent, joining the Witham at Brayford Pool in Lincoln.

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Facts & Stats

11.3 miles


The length of Fossdyke that is navigable.


1 lock (Torksey)

There is one lock on Fossdyke


Fossdyke is believed to have been originally constructed by the Romans, and is therefore the oldest canal in the country.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 75′ (22.86 metres) – Torksey Lock
  • Beam: 15′ 3″ (4.64 metres) – Torksey Lock
  • 11′ 3″ (3.43 metres) – Saxilby Railway Bridge
  • 5′ 0″ (1.52 metres) – cill of Torksey Lock

Navigation authority

Useful info

  • Boats wishing to go further down the Witham Navigation from Lincoln Brayford Pool need to have a maximum height of 2.8 metres for the Glory Hole (old Roman Bridge) in Lincoln.