Stour Navigation

Photo: Rowing Boats on the River Stour by Mark Grover

(25 miles, River navigation controlled by EA)

The River Stour Trust completed one of the first Millennium Lottery funded projects in the country, being the construction of a new lock at Great Cornard, and gained a further grant from the same fund to build an education centre there.  The Trust runs regular electric boat trips from its headquarters at the Granary in the Quay Basin Sudbury, which was restored with job creation scheme labour, through the lock to Henny, and also between Flatford and Dedham further downstream.  During 2003, there was a substantial set back when EA announced that it did not intend to back plans for full restoration of the navigation, following a feasibility study undertaken in 2001 – 2002 and subsequent local consultation.  However, the Trust continues its campaign, and in late 2006 acquired various lock sites along the river that were owned by the former Navigation Company.  Regular work parties are held.