River Activity Organisations & Clubs

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Environment Agency (EA)
The leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales with the role of ensuring that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today’s society, so that tomorrow’s generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world.

Canal & River Trust (CRT)
A registered charity that cares for the 2,000-mile network of canals and rivers in England and Wales ensuring that the waterways can be used for all to enjoy, now and for many years to come. Also provides information about things to do and places to visit not only on and around the British Waterways network but on other rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs.

Inland Waterways Association (IWA)
A registered charity advocating the conservation, use, maintenance, restoration and development of the inland waterways for public benefit.

British Canoe Union (BCU)
The lead body for canoeing and kayaking in the UK being responsible for leading and setting the overall framework for the National Associations and representing canoeing interests such as coaching and competition at UK and international level. It is the umbrella organisation for Canoe England, Canoe Wales, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland and the Scottish Canoeing Association.

Set up as a division of the BCU to support the development of canoeing in England.

Steam Boat Association of Great Britain (SBA)
Formed in 1971 to promote the enjoyment of steamboats and to represent the interests of steamboat owners. SBA seeks to foster and encourage steam boating and the building, development, preservation and restoration of steam boats and steam machinery.

Electric Boat Association (EBA)
The Electric Boat Association was founded in the UK in 1982 to promote the development in electric boating throughout the UK and to serve the needs of all who have an interest in electric boating, whether boat owners or business members.

The Coracle Society was founded in 1990 to promote the knowledge of coracles, curraghs and allied craft, their construction and use, also their study and collection. To take all reasonable steps to support the continuance of fishing involving the use of coracles and to encourage the holding of coracle regattas, races and the like; to support the craft of coracle making in all its forms and to promote demonstrations, courses, exhibitions, discussions and lectures relating to coracles.

Sudbury Canoe
The club enjoys some of the best canoeing and kayaking in the world, from river running to exhilarating white water kayaking. Run by qualified BCU Coaches, the club caters for both young and old paddlers, beginners and more advanced.

Sudbury Sea
3rd Sudbury Sea Scouts is a section within the 3rd Sudbury Scout group. It’s a mixed troop meeting every Thursday night (7pm-9.30pm) and open to everyone between 10 and 14 years of age. The group enjoys water activities alongside all the usual activities that you might expect from a Scout troop (climbing, shooting, camping, pioneering, first aid and cooking on open fires).

Sudbury Rowing
Rowing and sculling takes place on a 1500m stretch of water between a weir at one end of the River Stour and a low bridge with shallow water at the other. The club is active the whole year round, training through the winter for the Men’s, Women’s and Veteran’s eights heads in March and April while for the rest of the year the club concentrates on fours, pairs, doubles and sculls.

Stour Sailing
The Club invites new members of all ages and welcomes those with sailing experience or those who wish to sail or to learn about other activities on the water such as racing, cruising and fishing. It has a full social programme and the clubhouse is open most lunchtimes and evenings.

A fun day out for the whole family. Canoeing trips and expeditions, canoes and kayaks available for hire.

River Stour Boating
River Stour Boating CIC is a Community Interest Company providing safe, guided passage for individuals by Canadian canoe along 25 miles of the River Stour from Sudbury in Suffolk to Cattawade near Manningtree on the Essex coast.

Waterside Watering Holes

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The Henny Swan –
Set in a beautiful and idyllic riverside location and offering traditional pub food, quality produce, comfort, style and great service. Our boats are regularly visit this location from Spring until the end of October – click here.

Located in the heart of Constable Country, this family run, luxury country house hotel and award winning restaurant offers cuisine that is a skilful mixture of the classic and exciting. Our boats are regularly visit this location from Spring until the end of October – click here.

Dedham Boathouse
The restaurant is set in tranquil surroundings on the River Stour. Rowing boats are available for hire during the summer months from Easter until September. Our boats are regularly visit this location from Spring until the end of October – click here.

The Nayland
After being acquired by Exclusive Inns in February 2012, The Anchor Inn has been given a fresh new-look. Keeping a focus on its original features, The Anchor has been transformed into a stylish country inn that offers a unique setting for an early evening drink or a delicious home cooked meal.

Stratford St Mary
Rustic, earthy food, world class beers and gorgeous wines.

Other Interesting Websites 

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The River Runs Through
Artist led project involving walking, swimming & film: Stuart Bowditch & Ruth Philo, River Stour, Essex & Suffolk

National Trust
A charity that protects and opens to the public over 300 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments. At Flatford, Willy Lott’s Cottage and tea room are a pleasant accompaniment to the River Stour Trust’s river trips aboard Stour Trusty II.

Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley
A small team focusing on conserving and enhancing the special qualities of the Stour Valley. It is the heart of a partnership between local authorities, government agencies, national organisations and local people committed to championing the environmental and cultural quality of the area.

Flatford Field Studies
Field Studies Council, FSC, is an environmental education charity providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, and understand the environment

Hadleigh Community Transport
Hadleigh Community Transport Group provides accessible transport in the Hadleigh and Lavenham areas for shopping, doctor and dentist appointments, visiting and socialising.

Managing a
A three year programme, comprising 14 projects covering archaeology, biodiversity, and conservation of historic features; to understand, conserve and celebrate the landscape of the Stour Valley.

Carter’s Corner B&
A beautiful B&B in Suffolk offering the perfect stopover whether in the area on business, or visiting for a relaxing break.

Pioneer Sailing
Set up in 1999 to restore the last remaining 1st Class Essex Skillinger Smack Pioneer, which is now fitted out with accommodation for groups of 12, alongside her 3 professional crew. The Trust’s boat builder’s continue to repair/rebuild boats and was chosen to restore the John Constable Stour Lighter as part of the Managing a Masterpiece scheme.

Working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer to turn run down or unwanted woodland or meadows into conservation areas which have a positive effect on lives stressed by critical illness. It is the first site of this kind in the UK.

Pager Power
Pager Power seek to resolve issues concerning the development of wind turbines. At our core, Pager Power assess the aviation, television and radio-communication problems that can arise when planning a wind farm. We undertake technical analysis using our own specialist software tools supported by experienced consultants.

Independent cycle repair, servicing and sales shop in Sudbury offering a friendly, local and reliable service. Stocking a range of bikes, stunt scooters, parts and accessories.

The Sudbury Fairtrade Town Steering Group has worked towards achieving the official Fairtrade Town status for Sudbury which now joins over five hundred towns in the UK that have made a commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using products with the Fairtrade Mark. Please buy Fairtrade and support this work.

Suffolk Tourist
Discover what else Suffolk has to offer on the Suffolk Tourist Guide for up-to-date information on Days Out, Things To Do, What’s On and Eating Out in Suffolk.

A local, interactive website featuring local news, reviews, local events and communities in Sudbury and surrounding areas including Sudbury, Long Melford and Great Cornard.

European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH)
The tourism information network of European industrial heritage.

A useful page showing the various knots and their uses –