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River Stour – Suffolk

The navigable river is 25 miles long, commencing at Brundon Mill, above Sudbury, and runs through to the Orwell Estuary at Cattawade.  For much of its length it forms the boundary between Suffolk and Essex.

Things to do nearby

Historic green steel girder bridge over the river

Facts & Stats

25 miles

(40.2 km)

The length of the River Stour restoration that is navigable.

15 locks

Waterway notes

Navigation Authority

  • Environment Agency

Waterway news

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

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