160 m (520 ft)
49°53′29″N 1°7′51″E / 49.89139°N 1.13083°ECoordinates: 49°53′29″N 1°7′51″E / 49.89139°N 1.13083°E
|Progression||Arques→ English Channel|
|Basin size||307 km2 (119 sq mi)|
|Length||61 km (38 mi)|
The Béthune is a river of Normandy, France, 61 kilometres (38 mi) in length, flowing through the department of Seine-Maritime and it is a tributary of the Arques River. The French Sandre regulators however, consider the Béthune as the Arques for all its length.
The river’s source is at the village of Gaillefontaine near to Forges-les-Eaux. Its valley is wholly within the pays de Bray. Its course takes it past the communes of Neufchâtel-en-Bray, Mesnières-en-Bray, Bures-en-Bray, Osmoy-Saint-Valery, Saint-Vaast-d'Équiqueville, Dampierre-Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Aubin-le-Cauf and finally Arques-la-Bataille where it joins the Eaulne and the Varenne Rivers to form the Arques River
Like other rivers in the region, the Béthune is classified as a first class river, offering anglers the chance to catch salmon and trout.
- The Béthune on the Sandre website. Consulted 8 June 2008.
- This article is based on the equivalent article from the French Wikipedia, consulted on October 14, 2008.
- The Béthune on the Sandre website (French)
- Accès aux villes et villages de France du Quid (French)
- French Geography website (French)