Dedham Vale River Trips

2019 Season: Saturday 13 April until Sunday 27 October

Click here for current DEDHAM VALE boat trip timetable

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

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 & WEEKDAYS DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Trusty at Flatford (opposite Bridge Cottage)

FLATFORD BOAT TRIPS – 11.00am-4.00pm

Boarding at the landing stage opposite Bridge Cottage, CO7 6UL (click here for link to map). Half hour non-landing return trips to Fen Bridge. Depart regularly, no advance booking required, last trip at 4pm.

Fares:

  • Adult (12 years+) £5.00
  • Child (2-11 years) £3.00
  • Baby (0-2 years) No charge
  • Dog £1.00

ONE WAY TRIP: DEDHAM TO FLATFORD – 10.15am 

10.15am departure for one way, half hour trip aboard Trusty from Dedham Boathouse Restaurant, CO7 6DH (click here for link to map) to Flatford (opposite Bridge Cottage).

ONE WAY TRIP: FLATFORD TO DEDHAM – 4.30pm

4.30pm departure for a one way, half hour trip aboard Trusty to Dedham Boathouse Restaurant from Flatford opposite Bridge Cottage, CO7 6UL (click here for link to map).

Fares:

  • Adult (12 years+) £5.00
  • Child (2-11 years) £3.00
  • Baby (0-2 years) No charge
  • Dog £1.00

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


SUNDAYS 

KATHLEEN BOAT TRIPS – 2pm-4.30pm

Kathleen offers half hour non-landing return trips departing from Le Talbooth, CO7 6HP (click here for link to map). She either cruises upstream to Stratford St Mary Mill Pond or downstream to Dedham Mill Pond.

Fare: £5.00 per person


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.

Charter Charges

  • 1 hour – £90.00
  • 2 hours – £120.00
  • 3 hours – £150.00
  • 4 hours – £180.00

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 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. Whilst Dedham Lock is currently unusable, she operates 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 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).

During 2019, we are planning to introduce trips and charters using our new electric boat, Maria Constable, on the stretch below Dedham Lock alongside Trusty.


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

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. For more information: www.dedhamboathouse.co.uk

Le Talboothis another riverside restaurant that has been run by the Milsom family since 1952. It is available for private functions including weddings. 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. For more information: 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. For more information: https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/flatford-wildlife-garden/facilities

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).