River Stour in Suffolk

River Stour in Suffolk

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Further Information

British Canoeing membership includes licence from below Brundon Mill, Sudbury

A river in East Anglia, the River Stour in Suffolk measures 47 miles long and is one of the more picturesque rivers in the region.

It has been the subject of many painters over the years. These have included Thomas Gainborough, Alfred Munnings and Paul Nash.

Probably the most noteworthy was John Constable, who really ‘sold’ the River Stour in Suffolk into the nations hearts. Paintings including the 1828 Dedham Vale and the 1821 The Hay Wain currently hang proudly in the National Gallery.

If you’ve seen any of Constable’s paintings, you’ll know just how pretty this part of the UK is. The river rises in Eastern Cambridgeshire and flows through several towns and villages before heading to the Dedham Vale.

The River Stour then empties into the North Sea at Harwich. If you’re planning on paddling this stretch, be aware that the river becomes tidal at Manningtree in Essex. Therefore it’s important to check tide times, weather and wind before you head for a paddle.