Dedham Vale River Trips

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Trusty, Kathleen and Maria Constable operate on the eight mile stretch above and below Dedham Lock. Trusty & Maria operate below Dedham Lock whilst Kathleen operates above Dedham Lock.

FEN BRIDGE CLOSURE – We are sadly unable to offer our scheduled half hour trips due to the closure of Fen Bridge. Under no circumstances should anyone attempt to navigate beneath the bridge nor walk over it –  read more.

We also offer boat trips on the three mile stretch at Sudbury aboard our boats Rosette, Francis J Batten, Edwardian Lady and the John Constable Lighter. Click here for more information.

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SCHEDULED TRIPS & FARES

SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS, BANK HOLIDAYS & ADVERTISED DAYS DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

FEN BRIDGE CLOSURE – We are sadly unable to offer our scheduled half hour trips due to the closure of Fen Bridge. Under no circumstances should anyone attempt to navigate beneath the bridge nor walk over it –  read more.

Trusty at Flatford (opposite Bridge Cottage)

FLATFORD BOAT TRIPS (11.00am-4.00pm)

Trip details: Half hour non-landing return trips to Fen Bridge. Depart regularly from 11am, no advance booking required, last trip at 4pm.

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Fares:

  • Adult (12 years+) £6.00
  • Child (1-11 years) £3.00
  • Baby (under 12 months) No charge
  • Dog £1.00

ONE WAY BOAT TRIP: DEDHAM TO FLATFORD (departs 10.15am)
FEN BRIDGE CLOSURE – We are sadly unable to offer our scheduled half hour trips due to the closure of Fen Bridge. Under no circumstances should anyone attempt to navigate beneath the bridge nor walk over it –  read more.

Trip details: One way, half hour trip departs Dedham at 10.15am. Passengers disembark at landing stage opposite Bridge Cottage.

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ONE WAY BOAT TRIP: FLATFORD TO DEDHAM (departs 4.30pm)

Trip details: One way, half hour trip departs Flatford at 4.30pm. Passengers disembark at landing stage based at Dedham Boathouse Restaurant.

Boarding Location:

Fares:

  • Adult (12 years+) £6.00
  • Child (1-11 years) £3.00
  • Baby (under 12 months) No charge
  • Dog £1.00

Kathleen bringing a bride into the Talbooth - Jax Horswill (800x598)


SUNDAYS 

KATHLEEN BOAT TRIPS (2pm-4.30pm)

Trip details: Diners at Le Talbooth can enjoy a cruise after lunch aboard Kathleen. Enjoy either a half hour non-landing return trip either upstream to Stratford St Mary Mill Pond or downstream to Dedham Mill Pond.

Boarding Location:

Fares:

  • Per person (1 year+) £6.00
  • Baby (under 12 months) No charge
  • Dog £1

PRIVATE CHARTERS

Charter Enquiries: 0844 800 5017

SERVICE UPDATE: Dedham lock is currently impassable so we cannot book charters requiring passage through the lock. We are continuing with our plans and negotiations to restore this lock at the earliest opportunity.

FEN BRIDGE CLOSURE – We are sadly unable to offer charters beyond Fen Bridge due to its closure. Under no circumstances should anyone attempt to navigate beneath the bridge nor walk over it –  read more.

Charter Charges

  • 1 hour – £100.00
  • 2 hours – £130.00
  • 3 hours – £160.00
  • 3+ hours – to be arranged

Our charters offer breathtaking journeys through Constable Country and the Dedham Vale. The charter charge is dependent on your requirements and the distance to travel between locations. There are various options for refreshments or meals in Dedham and Flatford/East Bergholt.

Trusty is an electric boat that can potentially accommodate up to 9 passengers along with a Skipper. She is one of the only powered craft permitted to operate between Stratford St Mary, Dedham, Flatford and Brantham. Our electric boat, Maria Constable, currently operates alongside Trusty. Whilst Dedham Lock is currently unusable, the boats operate below the lock on the stretch between Dedham Boathouse Restaurant (her mooring), Fen Bridge, Flatford, Flatford Lock, and Cattawade/Brantham.

Trips above Dedham Lock are possible aboard our electric boat, Kathleen, that can also potentially accommodate up to 9 passengers with a Skipper. She operates above Dedham Lock on the stretch between Dedham (her mooring is at Le Talbooth), Dedham Mill Pond, Stratford St Mary Mill Pond and the Roger Brown Lock (also known as Stratford St Mary Lock).


MAKE YOUR VISIT EVEN MORE MEMORABLE BY VISITING OUR RECOMMENDED PLACES TO VISIT

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 (fee payable, free for NT members).

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

The RSPB Garden is one third of a hectare, so there are no long walks. There are several benches in the garden and visitors are welcome to use for picnics – https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/flatford-wildlife-garden/facilities

The Kitchen at Dedham (formerly known as Dedham Boathouse Restaurant) From boatyard to brasserie and beyond –  https://thekitchenatgroup.co.uk/locations/kitchen-dedham

Le Talbooth is another riverside restaurant that has been run by the Milsom family since 1952. It is available for private functions including weddings – www.milsomhotels.com/letalbooth