Peak Flow Dataset

The NRFA provides access to its peak flow data holdings in a format suitable for direct use in WINFAP software. The ZIP file linked below contains files for AMAX, POT and catchment descriptors.

Download the NRFA Peak Flow Dataset - Version 10 [ZIP, 11 MB]

Please be aware that data contained in these files may differ from those data which are displayed on the station pages on the NRFA website. The NRFA Peak Flow Dataset is updated when a significant number of changes have been applied to the dataset. Find out when new files are available by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on Twitter.

There are separate files for each data type:

Version Information

Version 10 of the NRFA Peak Flow Dataset files represents the seventh major update to the dataset under the NRFA. This update sees an additional water year for all active peak flow stations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, up to the end of September 2020. It also includes period-of-record review of data and metadata for 94 stations in the UK. Released on 27th August 2021.

Click here for information on previous versions of the NRFA peak flow dataset.

Extracting the zipped files

All data download files are zipped and will require extraction. When you extract the zipped files, we suggest you preserve the file paths (ensure the "Use folder names" option is ticked in Winzip). The .zip files then extract into three folders:

  • Suitable for Neither
  • Suitable for QMED
  • Suitable for Pooling

These three folders are based on the Indicative Suitability of each station. Users may wish to create other folders - e.g. for all stations or station from both the 'OK for QMED' and 'OK for pooling' folders.

Using the files in WINFAP 5 software

You will need to register the new NRFA Peak Flow Dataset in WINFAP 5 software. To do this, run WINFAP 5:

  1. Go to Options > Peak Flow Datasets...
  2. Browse to the new folder 'PeakFlow_v#.#' and click 'select' (Note you need to select the folder that contains the manifest.xml file)
  3. A 'default' dataset can be identified for use in the current and subsequent projects

Using the files in WINFAP 4 software

You will need to tell the WINFAP 4 software where to find the new files. To do this, run WINFAP 4:

  1. Close any existing project file
  2. Open a new project file
  3. Go to Options > Project file options > Load Options
  4. Browse to the new folder 'PeakFlow_v#.#' and click 'select' (Note that WINFAP 4 accesses all sub-folder files)

Using the files in WINFAP 3 software

You will need to tell the WINFAP 3 software where to find the new files. To do this, run WINFAP 3:

  1. Close any existing project file
  2. Open a new project file
  3. Go to Options > Project file options > Load Options
  4. Browse to the new folder 'OK for pooling' (or as appropriate) and click 'select'

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions of accessing and downloading the NRFA data holdings can be found here.