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River Stour – Kent

There is a right of navigation on the River Stour to Canterbury. However, it is presently navigable only from the sea at Pegwell Bay to Fordwich.

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Facts & stats


(8.2 km)

The length of the tidal stretch from the sea to Sandwich


(27.3 km)

The length from Sandwich to Canterbury that includes both navigable and non-navigable stretches


or Stower

Both forms of pronunciation are used in Kent

From Pegwell Bay to Fordwich

The River Stour – Kent is the second longest river in Kent.  It originates as the Great Stour in Lenham and flows towards and through Canterbury where it becomes tidal and finally enters the sea at Pegwell Bay

Waterway notes

Navigation authority

Sandwich Port and Haven Commissioners

Useful Info

Grove Ferry Bridge is fixed with 1.6m headroom. Downstream of this the headroom is 3.5m. It is tidal throughout, though the tides are much attenuated in the upper reaches. Two flash locks (now gone) formerly extended the navigation to Canterbury but it is now suitable only for canoes and small rowing boats.