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High Street Bourton on the Water Gloucestershire England
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The River Windrush is a river that rises in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and is a tributary of the River Thames. | It starts northeast of Taddington, and flows for about 40 miles (64 km) through Bourton-on-the-Water, Windrush, into Oxfordshire and through Burford, Witney, Ducklington and Standlake. It meets the Thames at Newbridge upstream of Northmoor Lock. | At Bourton on the Water the river is spanned by several low hump-backed bridges that, combined with the attractive setting of the village High Street, gives rise to the description of Bourton as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’. | The annual ‘Football Match in the River’ takes place in Bourton each August bank holiday Monday. Goalposts are set up in the River Windrush, crowds line the riverbanks, and two teams from Bourton Rovers’ Football Club play with the aim to score as many goals as possible. | The river is host to fish, including trout, grayling, perch, chub, roach and dace. It held good populations of native crayfish until at least the 1980s. |
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