OS MasterMap Water Network

Three-dimensional topologically connected watercourse network of Great Britain. The data represents the approximate central alignment of watercourses and includes inland rivers, tidal water, lakes and canals attributed with watercourse name, flow direction, gradient, primary flow, TOID reference, EA or SEPA catchment name and ID. Polygons and lines representing the water area and its banks are not included (those are part of OS MasterMap Topography layer). OS MM Water Network is based on the INSPIRE Hydrography Data Specifications. The OS MasterMap Water Network, as currently published, consist of topologically structured link and node network.


Study area

Provenance & quality

It has been derived form OS detailed topographic data (OS MasterMap Topographic layer) with additional input from recognised bodies. Manual improvement was undertaken where validation identified issues with flow and connectivity and as a result of customer feedback. It has got a scale range of 1:1250 - 1:10000.

Other contacts

Ordnance Survey


Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Inland Waters
Geospatial / Map National River Flow and Networks