The Stour – Bures to Nayland

Bures to Nayland:

  • Location: Bures recreational ground (Google Maps)
  • Paddle Type: River
  • Distance: 6 miles (one way)
  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner+
  • License required: Yes
  • Facilities:
    • Free car parking (can get busy during peak times)
    • No toilets
  • Accommodation: There is a campsite at Wissington
  • Navigation Guide: River Stour (Fens Waterways Link)


A nice easy introduction to river paddling.  A very pretty and historic river made famous by the Constable paintings (one of the prettiest paddles we have been on).  There is a slight current and occasional shallow spot, occasionally narrowing through some reed beds, but still easily navigable.

Because of the current, it is best to travel downstream and arrange suitable drop off and pick up transportation – parking is available at both ends, but can be slightly busy at the Bures recreational ground.  On parking at Bures, there is a 100m walk to the launch spot.  At Nayland, the landing place is about 50m from where you can park your car.

The graphic, below, shows the route from Bures to Nayland, a one-way trip of just under 6 miles – several portages are required to navigate around weirs and other man-made obstacles.

Nayland parking (Google Maps)


Bures to Nayland Canoe

Bures to Nayland Canoe