Scenes from the River
One of the nicest ways to see the Suffolk countryside is from the river. You get to see it from a completely different angle and you may get to see some unusual wildlife up close too.
There are plenty of opportunities for river trips in the Heart of Suffolk and the warm weather offers the perfect excuse to relax for an hour or two while floating through the cool water.
In Flatford, in the heart of Constable Country you can hire a rowing boat, use your own canoe or use the water bus service and take a mini cruise on the Stour Trusty II, which is owned by the River Stour Trust. The electric boat glides silently along the river, causing no disturbance to the birds, dragonflies and other creatures enjoying the meandering flow and it really is a peaceful and relaxing way to travel. The boat can be chartered for half or full day cruises, or you can take shorter trips on their scheduled service.
The River Stour Trust also runs cruises from Sudbury with four boats which operate between Sudbury, Great Cornard and Great Henny along the River Stour. As well as their scheduled service, they also run lunch cruises with lunch being taken at the riverside pub The Henny Swan.
River Stour Boating offer one or two day guided trips (with overnight camping if required) in a Canadian canoe along the River Stour and through the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Trips start in Sudbury and go for 25 miles to the edge of the tidal estuary at Cattawade, near Manningtree.
Trips on a restored Thames sailing barge are available, leaving from Ipswich and sailing down the River Orwell with views of the picturesque Shotley Peninsula. SB Victor was built in 1895 and now offers three hour supper and cream tea cruises. They also run bird watching tours with the RSPB, which start out from Harwich. Bookings are through the Ipswich Tourist Information Centre.
Other sailing opportunities include trips on the Orwell Lady, which sails to Pin Mill and you can take your canoe or kayak on the River Waveney, where there are also options for day trips on larger boats.
Whatever your preferred way of travelling along our meandering waterways, whether it's in a canoe, an electric boat or a vintage sailing barge, do take some time out to savour the gentle landscapes and enjoy the ever-changing scenes from the river.