River Orwell

River Orwell

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River Licensing Information

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The River Orwell flows through Suffolk and is generally a river for those looking to practice paddling on slightly more exposed water.

Its source is the River Gipping, and it flows from just above Ipswich towards the North Sea at Felixstowe.

The Orwell is popular with sailing clubs due to the width and exposed nature of much of the wider sections. For this reason, it’s always wise to check your paddling kit, wind and weather before you head out for a paddle.

The River Orwell in the movies

The river was the location for the film Yangtse Incident: The Story of HMS Amethyst. A training base at the time on the shore, HMS Ganges, was also in the 1957 film as a site for Chinese gun batteries. It closed in 1976.