Béthune (river)

Country France
Main source Gaillefontaine
160 m (520 ft)
River mouth Arques River
49°53′29″N 1°7′51″E / 49.89139°N 1.13083°E / 49.89139; 1.13083Coordinates: 49°53′29″N 1°7′51″E / 49.89139°N 1.13083°E / 49.89139; 1.13083
Progression ArquesEnglish Channel
Basin size 307 km2 (119 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 61 km (38 mi)
  • Average rate:
    2.9 m3/s (100 cu ft/s)

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.[1]


Arques and Béthune drainage basin.

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.

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