Dedham Vale 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. Whilst Dedham Lock is currently unusable, she operates below the lock on the stretch between Dedham Boathouse Restaurant (her mooring), Fenn Bridge, Flatford, Flatford Lock, and Cattawade/Brantham.

Our electric boat, Kathleen, can also accommodate up to 8 passengers and is available for trips from Le Talbooth at Dedham. Whilst Dedham Lock is currently unusable, she operates above the lock on the stretch between Dedham (her mooring is at Le Talbooth) and Dedham Mill Pond, Stratford St Mary Mill Pond and the Roger Brown Lock.

click here for current DEDHAM VALE boat trip timetable (opens new window)

We also offer boat trips at Sudbury aboard Rosette, Francis J Batten, Edwardian Lady and the John Constable Lighter.

2019 Season: Saturday 13 april UNTIL SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER

*Please note:

  • Calls to the 0844 numbers cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge
  • 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 (average 82.5kg per person).
  • 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: 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. Stratford St Mary lock is now fully restored and in May 2018 was formally reopened and renamed the Roger Brown Lock.

  • 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. Charters with Kathleen board at Le Talbooth Restaurant in Dedham for a trip up river to Stratford St Mary and possibly through the lock or down to Dedham, and back to the Le Talbooth. Alternatively opt for Stour Trusty II and board at the Dedham Boathouse Restaurant for a trip to Flatford and back again to Dedham. Also available for a longer trip on Trusty is to go through Flatford Lock down to Cattawade and return to Dedham.

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.


*All trips are dependent on availability, weather and river conditions*

Stour Trusty II at Flatford


Trusty is moored at Dedham Boathouse Restaurant, CO7 6DH (click here for link to map) but she normally offers trips at Flatford from the landing stage opposite Bridge Cottage, CO7 6UL (click here for link to map).

Trusty is normally based at Flatford offering half hour non-landing return trips to Fenn Bridge, 11am-4pm. Flatford boarding is from the landing stage opposite Bridge Cottage, CO7 6UL (click here for link to map). Maximum of 8, subject to load capacity.

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

If you wanted to catch a one way, half hour trip from Dedham to Flatford on a Saturday/Sunday (plus other days later in the season) then she usually departs at 10.15am to Flatford. She usually spends the day at Flatford before returning to Dedham at 4.30pm. Passengers are again welcome on this final one way, half hour trip from Flatford to Dedham.

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


*All trips are dependent on availability, weather and river conditions*

Kathleen will normally be available for non-landing trips departing from Le Talbooth (Gun Hill, CO7 6HP). She will either take passengers upstream to Stratford St Mary Mill Pond or downstream to Dedham Mill Pond.

2pm-4.30pm, maximum of 8 per trip, subject to load capacity (call 0844 800 5017 if you’d like to pre-book).

  • Fares
  • £5.00 per person

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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:

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:

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:

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:

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).