River Stour

A  paddle on the River Stour through the picturesque Dedham Vale in the Heart of Constable Country and one of Englands most famous Landscapes. The trip will start at Sudbury for a two day trip to Catterwade to Flatford Mill and Return. A one day trip may be more suitable for those with children which can be arranged as a paddle from Sudbury to Bures for lunch or on to Rushbanks at Widdington.
A shorter there and back option is the paddle from Sudbury to Henry swan for lunch  then back. This is one of the most beautiful and quiet stretches of river to be found in East Anglia as the Vale of Dedham is an area of outstanding beauty.
Dates 
Next paddle on the River Stour will be on 23rd 24th 25th September 2016 and we can plan paddling parties to the Stour from May to October on request.
Canoe Hire River Stour
Paddle the River camping at Rushbanks on Saturday evening.
We have up to 15 open canoes and 20 kayaks available for each of our  paddling event  which can be hired out to paddlers looking to take part in this years Sudbury to the sea event from May to October.

The September S2S trip is organised by the River Stour Trust and sees over 300 paddlers heading downstream in all sorts of boats including coracles  SUPs and an array of paddling craft, with BBQ set up at Bures for crew to enjoy in Bures and a Beer festival organised at the Anchor Pub in Nayland for the Saturday night. The Sudbury to the Sea is a really great community event.

We provide all the paddling equipment for the event and can also help arrange for the transport of equipment from either Rushbanks Campsite, Sudbury or Catterwade on this event.

Rushbank Campsite has Caravan and Tent pitches and allows open fires in oil drums, With its Riverside camping it offers a great place for families to chill out after a good day messing about on the river. 




Paddling sessions on the River Stour normally start at Sudbury at the Granary which is on Quay Lane, where we are able to drop boats off ready for a paddle on the river.

Paddling one day trip
We normally drop boats off at Sudbury early on a Saturday Morning at between 8.30 or 9am to start paddling early as it can be a challenge to get from Sudbury to our favorite riverside campsite at Rushbanks for about 4pm.
On route there are plenty of riverside public houses including the Henry Swan, which makes for an early morning stop off on route.
Paddling downstream the ideal stopping point for lunch is Bures where there is a new landing point just past the road bridge an
d field with good public access to the river and the village pubs for lunch. This can also be an ideal stop for provisions although the opening times for the village store and delicatessen can be a little erratic!  The village boosts several good public houses so an extended lunch can be planned for meeting up with cyclists or walkers or any other support crew that are less keen on paddling.

From the Town bridge the river then passes on to a footbridge with access to swings, cricket ground and an alternative lunch spot river right. the river narrows almost to a stream in places with many beautiful mills and magnificent  country houses with well signed portages, weir streams and rest stops. This stretch of river is a nature spotters pradise with nature close by from Kingfishers to roaming cattle to add entertainment to the trip until Rushbanks campsite appears on the left hand bank where the young paddlers take to rope swings and families relax around a glowing fire of an evening to dry out socks or tell of adventures from the day..
Day Two
Day two of the paddle starts at Rushbanks campsite and sees paddlers working on downstream towards Catterwade. An ideal paddling stop is at the Swan Inn at St Marys just before the A12 road bridge.
The paddle passes through the National Trust site at Dedham and then onto Catterwade where we arrange for the boats and paddlers to be picked up at the end of the trip. 

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