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Timberland Delph

Timberland Delph is a navigable drainage channel leading from the River Witham near Woodhall Spa to Car Dyke

Timberland Delph Map

Facts & Stats

3 miles


The length of Timberland Delph.


Bridge and Set of Tidal Doors

There is a set of tidal door and bridge at the entrance to the channel from the Witham.

Far from the crowds

Few boaters venture along Timberland Delph, so unless you go with a friend, you will probably have it to yourself.


Visit the villages of Timberland and Martin

From the River Witham, there are tidal doors (usually open) to enter Timberland Delph, which leads off the river to the south west about half a mile south of Kirkstead Bridge (to Woodhall Spa).  There is a bridge over the tidal doors, which carries a small road that runs alongside the Witham.  After that, the channel is fairly featureless along its three mile length to Car Dyke.  There is no winding hole and no towpath on either side.  Other than a public byway track linking up to the B1191 (links to the village of Martin and then to Timberland) about halfway along the channel, there are no public rights of way linking up with the channel.  Both villages have a pub and a church.

Waterway notes

Navigation authority

There is no navigation authority – Timberland Delph is just an open channel.  The Environment Agency has overall control for flood defence, and the tidal doors at the Witham entrance may close without warning in times of flood.

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