River Brue

River Brue

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River Licensing Information

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No licence required

The River Brue begins life in Brewham, Somerset and flows into the sea at Burnham-on-Sea, stretching for some 31 miles. It’s a pretty little river with a slow flow, ideal for those looking to explore at a steady pace.

Points of interest on the River Brue

There are several points of interest along the river, with history aplenty to absorb as you paddle along.

The river hosts the site of the best preserved prehistoric village in the UK. Glastonbury Lake Village, as it was called, was discovered in the late 19th century.

As well as several sites of historic interest, including the Glastonbury Lake Village and Bow Bridge, a 15th Century Grade 1 listed bridge across the river, there are several sites of scientific interest and nature reserves along the river also.

Wildlife on the River Brue

In a day’s paddling you’re likely to see European eels, adders, and grass snakes, as well as multiple variety of birds. These include merlin, marsh tit, hen harrier and song thrush.

Other animals of interest include the brown hareEurasian harvest mouseEuropean otter, and water vole.

There is a wide mixture of flora and fauna to observe as you paddle along, making the River Brue a great day out for a recreational paddle.