River Glyme

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The River Glyme at Glympton
The River Glyme in the grounds of Kiddington Hall

The River Glyme is a river in Oxfordshire, a tributary of the River Evenlode. It rises about a mile east of Chipping Norton, and flows south-east past Old Chalford, Enstone, Kiddington, Glympton and Wootton, Woodstock and through Blenheim Park. At Wootton the Glyme is joined by a tributary, the River Dorn. The Glyme joins the Evenlode just south of the park near Bladon.

The Glyme is dammed at Cleveley, Kiddington, Glympton and Blenheim. At Blenheim, "Capability" Brown used the river to form the lake in front of Blenheim Palace.

The upper part of the Glyme Valley around the river's headwaters is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[1]

The Glyme Valley Way is a footpath that follows almost the entire course of the river.

The river's name is derived from the Brittonic for "bright stream".[2]


  1. "Glyme Valley" (pdf). Natural England. 4 March 1988. http://www.sssi.naturalengland.org.uk/citation/citation_photo/1003691.pdf. (SSSI citation)
  2. Mills, A.D.; Room, A. (2003). A Dictionary of British Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-852758-6. 

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