Cattawade Picnic Site

Cattawade Picnic Site Cattawade Picnic Site - Aerial View

Situated in the heart of Constable country, on the edge of the Stour estuary. It is locally renowned for its excellent location for bird watching. On a good day you can see redshank, lapwings and oystercatchers breeding on the pastures of Cattawade Marshes.

At the site, there is an opportunity to fish or to canoe, using the purpose built platforms. From the carpark, you can walk along the Stour valley path, which follows the river between Brantham and Newmarket.

We ask that visitors are considerate of the residents who live adjacent to the site. You may also come across walkers, picnickers and river users and we hope everyone can enjoy the area together.


  • Cattawade Picnic Site off Bergholt Road, Brantham, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 1QW – located beside the river Stour near the junction of the A137 and B1070 in Brantham.
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Overview: In January 2012, the River Stour Trust entered into negotiations with Suffolk County Council with a view to taking on the freehold of the  and to take over responsibility for its upkeep. In May 2012, the Trust’s acquisition of the site was completed and we would welcome voluntary assistance to maintain this vital river access point at the end of the Navigation.

Please note:

  • There is a small free car park with approximately 14 spaces for average sized vehicles.
  • Unfortunately, there are no toilet facilities on site.
  • We do not condone the use of BBQ’s.
  • We request that litter is placed in the bins by the entrance or taken away.
  • Camping is not permitted.
  • The gates are sometimes closed at dusk to preclude late night visits.

Angling – The relevant information regarding angling and rod licenses can be obtained from the Environment Agency ( or local angling clubs.

River User: If you need information on registering your craft for use on the river, please follow this link:

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