River Stour in Kent

River Stour in Kent

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The River Stour in Kent is a river in the South East of England. Rising in the Kent countryside it flows east towards the sea, meandering in parts. It then enters the North Sea at Pegwell Bay, a stunning shingle beach with marshland and white cliffs lining breaking the skyline.

Paddlers should be aware that the lower parts towards the Bay are tidal so it’s important to check tide timetables and weather before heading out for a paddle.

The upper parts of the River Stour in Kent are also more like streams. But the river becomes wider and deeper from Ashford, and against at the tidal limit at Fordwich.

The River Stour in Kent is a really picturesque paddle for those wanting to literally paddle through the heart of the countryside. Lush green banks and reed beds line the most part of the river from source to sea.

With pretty converted mill buildings, ancient bridges, and sites such as the historic city of Canterbury to paddle through, it’s an incredible place to paddle. One for those of you seeking a wilderness adventure in the heart of Kent.

Wildlife on the River Stour in Kent

It is the perfect habitat for the white clawed crayfish as it has a gravely bottom and clear water.

Fish species include bream, brook lamprey, three-spined stickleback, brown trout and European eels swim the Stour. Water boatmen, leeches and various insect larvae, such as caddis flies, also live on the Stour.

In the air and on land you can see mallard ducks, mute swans, and moorhens. You may even catch sight of kingfishers and reed buntings.

Look out on the flood plains and agricultural land along the river for birds of prey. These include barn owls, marsh harriers and kestrels.