Flatford/Dedham River Trips

Stour Trusty II is an electric boat that can accommodate up to 8 passengers; and she is one of the only powered craft licensed to operate between Stratford St Mary, Dedham, Flatford and Brantham. Our electric boat, Kathleen, can also accommodate up to 8 passengers and is available for trips from Le Talbooth at Dedham. Our boat trips are available annually from Spring until the end of October. You can find out more about our boats by clicking here.



2015 Season

  • Sunday 4 April-Sunday 25 October: All Scheduled Trips and Private Charters

Please note:

  • All trips are dependent on availability, weather and river conditions to ensure the safety of our passengers and volunteers.
  • The boats only operate within civil twilight hours for safety and insurance reasons.
  • Passenger numbers on all our boats are subject to load capacity.
  • The River Stour Trust operate the electric boat trips and are entirely separate to Dedham Boathouse Restaurant (who run the restaurant and rowboats) and Le Talbooth (who run the restaurant and function venue).

All enquiries and charter arrangements: 0844 800 5017*

SERVICE UPDATE: We are unable to book any charters to Cattawade or Stratford St. Mary because Flatford and Dedham locks are unusable. The Flatford Lock opening ceremony is taking place in Spring 2015. Our plans are to then continue with the restoration of Stratford St Mary and Dedham locks.

Full Day Charter
The charter charge for a full day is usually £200. This generally comprises a delightful cruise over the full extent of the lower navigable Stour, from the head of the tidal estuary at Brantham up to Stratford St Mary Lock, which is currently being restored by the River Stour Trust. En route you will pass through the old Brantham sea lock, and the traditional working locks at Flatford and Dedham, previously restored by the River Stour Trust.

Half Day Charter
The charter charge for a half day charter is usually £100 for a round trip between Flatford and Stratford St Mary or Flatford and Brantham.

The charter charge is dependant on your requirements and the distance to travel between locations. A meal at Le Talbooth or the Dedham Boathouse Restaurant provides the perfect addition to your cruise.



Waterbus Service
Half hour one way trips (no pre-booking before the day)
8 maximum per trip and subject to availability

Trips regularly departing from:

  • Dedham Boathouse Restaurant, CO10 6DH (click here for link to map) at 10.15am, 11.45am, 1.15pm, 2.45pm & 4.15pm
  • Flatford – opposite Bridge Cottage, CO7 6UL (click here for link to map) at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm & 5pm

One Way Trip – Adult £5.00, Child £3.00
Return Trip – Adult £8.00, Child £5.00

Dedham Vale Hopper Bus

This service runs from 5 July to 14 September on a circular trip from Manningtree Railway Station, via the Flatford Mill car park entrance, where on a Saturday it links up with our Waterbus Service.  Full details and the timetable are available on www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org.  You can choose to come to us by bus and take the boat back to Dedham or walk from Dedham and ride back by bus or by boat.

Download the timetable


Heritage sightseeing trips
Half hour non-landing return trip to Fen Bridge

Regularly departing from Flatford – opposite Bridge Cottage, CO7 6UL (click here for link to map)
11.00am-5.00pm, no pre-booking before the day

Adult £5.00, Child £3.00
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £14.00


Heritage sightseeing trips
July & August (also June & September subject to crew availability)
Half hour non-landing return trips to Fen Bridge
Regularly departing from Flatford – opposite Bridge Cottage, CO7 6UL (click here for link to map)
11.00am-5.00pm, no pre-booking before the day

We also hope to offer this service in June and September, subject to the availability of crew.

Adult £5.00, Child £3.00
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £14.00

Visit TripAdvisor to read the reviews and/or leave your own comments: River Stour Trust – Day Tours



Dedham Boathouse Restaurant offers lunch and dinner with items on the menu changing every 6-8 weeks. They also own clinker built rowing boats that are available to hire.

Tuesday to Friday: Lunch 12pm–2.30pm & Dinner 6.30pm-9.30pm
Saturday: Lunch 12pm–2.30pm & Dinner 6.30pm-10pm
Sunday – Lunch 12pm–2.30pm

Rowboat Hire
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am till 5pm
Open Mondays (including Bank Holidays) during School Holidays
The last boat for an hour goes out at 4pm – The last boat for 30 minutes goes out at 4.30pm

For more information: www.dedhamboathouse.co.uk

The riverside resaurant, Le Talbooth, has been run by the Milsom family since 1952. It is available for private functions including weddings.

Monday to Saturday: Lunch 12 noon-2.15pm & Dinner 7.00pm-9.30pm
Sundays: 12 noon–2.30pm
Evening Riverside BBQ’s during the Summer

For more information: www.milsomhotels.com/letalbooth



A visit to the National Trust’s Bridge Cottage shouldn’t be missed. Take a look at an exhibition about Constable and enjoy the riverside Tearoom.

Flatford is great walking countryside so you can take the family out, walk the dog or simply step back in time and absorb the places Constable knew and loved. There is also plenty of parking in the National Trust car park at Flatford (200 yards from Bridge Cottage, pay on entry, £3 per car, free for NT members).

For more information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/flatford-bridge-cottage/visitor-information