River Stour,Suffolk  
General Information
Paddle Points

Sudbury Quay

Paddle from here to Bures approx 7 miles

Weir and lock

Henny Weir

Nice stop point here with pub on right of river and tables


not noticed in high water



Regulator for water


Good Start point from here to Nayland approx 6 miles. Park in free carpark and walk boats to water edge.


Portage here on river right.


River Splits weir on right channel - access through private garden on left channel

Rushbanks Farm launch point

Very easy launch for those staying on the campsite, and their guests. No access for other paddlers (though if quiet it would be worth the phone call as they are friendly).

Rushbanks Farm CO6 4NA

Camp site with minimal amenities, Toilets and sink for dish washing. The site is on the river bank and has easy launch points. The site allows open fires, in suitable (raised) fire bowls.


approx 50m portage, steep on down stream side

Nayland green

Roadside parking approx 150m accross green. pontoon

Very Shallow

This stretch of water is very shallow and most of it is un-paddleable.

Nayland Triple Weir

Nice triple weir with good portage


pontoon in garden of very nice pub (can't remember the name, sorry)

Anchor Inn

Offers a take out and beer.

Langham Flumes

An EA measuring gauge station, taking the form of two parallel "flumes". Be careful of obstructions and trees beyond, but in theory should be straightforward to run. May dry up to a trickle.

Below the flumes themselves is a very small drop, best taken river left.

Stratford St Mary

pontoon in beer garden opposite Swan pub

Stratford St Mary, Swan PH

parking in pub car park for those who ask nicely! decent food and ale! otherwise roadside parking approx 150m

Stratford st Mary

20m portage

Stratford Weir

Stratford St Mary


upstream from lock

Dedham Lock


not passable

Dedham Mill

beach on mill pond

Dedham Mill Pond


Dedham Mill Pond

pontoon in car park, cafe and pubs near by

Flatford Mill National Trust cafe.

Good scones and tea, and loos a short walk up the hill. If you are lucky you can tie up right in the cafe garden

Flatford Mill

Up stream from lock, 150m portage, tourist trap! there is car parking but I've never used it! (bet you have to pay)

Flatford Lock

Flatford Mill Pool

down stream from Flatford lock, approx 150m portage around lock, mind the tourists! coffee/cake shop on 'suffolk' bank!

Catterwade picnic site

Pontoon put in/out approx 50m from car park

Bradfield foreshore

easy launch two hours either side of high water, park at top of beach

Shotley Gate

Slipway next to road. Roadside parking. Excellent burger and bacon van nearby!