Peak Flow Dataset

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

Download the NRFA Peak Flow Dataset - Version 7 [ZIP, 7.88 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 7 of the NRFA Peak Flow Dataset files represents the fourth major update to the dataset under the NRFA. This update sees an additional water year for all active peak flow stations in the UK, up to the end of September 2017. It also includes period-of-record review of data and metadata for 153 stations in the UK. Released on 29th October 2018.

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:

  • Not suitable for QMED or Pooling
  • 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 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.