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River Parrett

The River Parrett is navigable from Stert Point to Thorney Mills Bridge Lock for a distance of 27.1 miles.  The river flows through the counties of Dorset and Somerset and it is possible to walk the length of the river from source to sea.

River Parrett Map

Moored boats at the Bridgwater docks on the Bridgwater and Taunton canal.

Facts & Stats

37 miles


The length of the River Parrett of which just over 27 miles are navigable

19 miles


The river is tidal for 19 miles from Burnham on Sea to Oath.

47 miles


The River Parrett trail follows the river from source to sea

Waterway Notes

Navigation Authority

Stert Point to Bridgwater – Sedgemoor District Council
Oath to Thorney Mills Bridge Lock – Environment Agency

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.

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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.

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Waterway restoration

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