River Rother in East Sussex

River Rother in East Sussex

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River Licensing Information

Licence Required?

No licence required

The River Rother in East Sussex is a 35 mile long river crossing East Sussex and Kent. It rises near Rotherfield in East Sussex and ends at Rye Bay where it joins the English Channel.

The river has been used as a navigation since Roman times and no licence is required to paddle here.

It is tidal for the last 4 miles or so. Make sure you check tide timetables before heading out below the sluice. See the map above for more.

If you want to paddle somewhere more peaceful, the stretch of the River Rother in East Sussex up towards Bodiam Castle is a great place to paddle.

Here, the canal is only really navigable by small craft. So paddlers, paddle here to enjoy being at one with nature!