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Tree Blockages – Tell the Environment Agency

It’s inevitable that trees occasionally fall across the river, either through bank erosion, storm damage or old age. These fallen trees can block the navigation for canoes & kayaks and can cause flooding problems when debris builds up. The Environment Agency (EA) is responsible for keeping the Stour navigation clear. Often it takes them longer      Continue Reading »


Tree Clearing at Pitmire Lock

As part of our mission to help people enjoy the Stour, we often do minor bits of branch cutting but leave the big tree blockages to the Environment Agency. Pitmire Lock is a remote location between Great Henny and Bures. In it’s heyday, it had a resident lock-keeper and cottage on the lock island with      Continue Reading »


Swan Jetty Refurbishment

The jetty at the Swan Inn, Stratford St Mary is a popular launch site for paddlers and was built by RSB some years ago. Although the jetty itself was still sound, the steps down to it became badly eroded by floodwater and rotten; so a redesign and rebuild was needed. This work has recently been      Continue Reading »


River Surveys

Before each season we survey the whole river to check everthing is all OK before the start of our customer trips. This involves cutting away any small blockages or overhanging branches that will get in the way of canoeists and cleaning silt off the portages after the winter floods. We also record the location by      Continue Reading »


New Jetty Low Lift Langham

The stretch of river between Stratford St Mary and Nayland has no public launching sites, making short A to B tours difficult. Along with Tendring Canoe Club, RSB has identified a site at Low Lift waterworks, Langham, as being suitable for a combined kayak/canoe launch site. This site will also have full disabled access. We thank      Continue Reading »


Swan Jetty Stratford St Mary

The Swan Inn at Stratford St Mary is where we take our lunch on the Lower River Tour. It’s also where RSB has installed a canoe jetty in the beer garden. This has been beneficial both to paddlers and the Swan and shows how an actively used river can benefit local businesses. With the owners      Continue Reading »


New Jetty at Dedham Mill Pond

Generations of tourists have hired rowing boats from Dedham to go down through the water meadows to Flatford Mill and return. On a hot summer’s day this short stretch of the river can be very busy. However, launching of kayaks and canoes has always been difficult and so RSB worked with Colchester Borough Council and      Continue Reading »


Bures Common and Jetty

Bures Common is a small patch of land right in the centre of the two villages that make up Bures. It is on the Essex side of the river where the main road crosses the river near the Eight Bells public house. It was bought by the local community and is managed as a charity. River      Continue Reading »


National Autistic Society

March 29th 2015 – River Stour Boating provided free canoe taster sessions for members of West Suffolk branch of the National Autistic Society as part of an event organised by Gareth Bates of Rushbanks Farm. Although the weather was poor with heavy rain & high winds, everyone enjoyed themselves and some of the children will      Continue Reading »


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