River Ancholme

River Ancholme

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Although you won’t find much in the way of white water on the River Ancholme, what it lacks in terms of white water fun it more than makes up for in terms of history and the chance to trace the course of our ancestors. Navigating water where they would have made the same journey thousands of years ago!

The River Ancholme springs up in Ancholme Head, from where it derives its name. The river flows east then changes course to flow north, before being joined by the River Rase. It then continues to flow through the market town of Brigg.

If you need a place to stop, Brigg is a lovely spot. Pitch up and grab a bite to eat or stop for a picnic here. Then, you can continue to the Humber at South Ferriby.

History of the River Ancholme

We know it was used by humans as a means of transport from as early as 800BC. This has been confirmed by an archeological dig which excavated the remains of a planked boat at Brigg. But there is also proof that the river has been used by settlers for various reasons from as early as 500,000BCE.

Numerous digs over the years close to the river banks have discovered many tools that settlers would have used, including Paleolithic hand axes and other items which now live in Lincoln museum.