The Stour – Dedham Mill

Dedham Mill to Flatford Mill:

  • Location: Dedham Mill car park (Google maps)
  • Paddle Type: River
  • Distance: 3 miles (round trip)
  • Difficulty Rating: Good introduction for beginners
  • License required: Yes
  • Facilities (at Dedham):
    • Coffee shop
    • Toilet
    • Pay and Display car park (can get very, very busy during peak times)
  • Accommodation: None
  • Snacks are available at Flatford, and there are toilet facilities too.


A nice easy introduction to river paddling, although during winter months, if the sluices are open, the river can be in flood.  Very scenic and historic river made famous by the Constable paintings.  The graphic, below, shows the route from Dedham to Flatford, a round trip of just under 3 miles – no portages required.

Things to be wary of are large number of tourists (badly) rowing boats along the river, the occasional swan (a perennial canoeist curse), and the occasional cow standing in the river (it is quite shallow in places).

It is not recommended to start from Flatford as you will have to pay for the National Trust car park and have to carry your equipment a couple of hundred metres to the river (trying to avoid tourists).

Flatford Mill (Google Maps)