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River Ember

The River Ember in Surrey, splits into two when it meets the Island Barn reservoir to Molesey. For half a mile the two rivers flow alongside one another before joining before Hampton Court Way and the River Thames soon after.

River Ember Map

Facts & Stats

2 rivers

The rivers Ember and Mole run near each other then join for a final short stretch to the Thames, navigable for small craft.

Cigarette Island

The island in-between the stretches of the rivers was known as the Cigarette Island. In the 1930s alterations were mate to the course of the rivers and a bridge was built.


Ember Mill

Ember Mill was originally used as a corn mill on the island in the Ember, was demolished in 1837.

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.