• M.S. Cousins

Walk N' Water With the River Stour Trust

A warm Sunday afternoon I arrived at the Granary, a beautiful red brick building built in 1807 located on Quay Lane. I was there to meet Kat from the River Stour Trust. The Trust is a charity in its 51st year of operation. The mission statement of the charity is to protect and enhance the right of the public to navigate the River Stour.

On this particular day the Trust were participating in the Suffolk Walking Festival by providing a Walk N’ Water. Walkers and dogs boarded one of the River Stour Trust’s boats at the Granary. The Granary is situated on a section of the river known as the Gasworks Cut. When the boat turned the corner at Friar’s Meadow to join the main river Stour, a beautiful scene unfolded. The water meadows, fluffy white clouds in a blue sky, and the local brown cows grazing on the grass were a sight to behold.

While on the boat, the River Stour Trust volunteers gave a lovely talk about the history of the river and the Trust. They were very friendly, knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions posed. We all enjoyed an incredibly calm and relaxing 20 minute boat ride. We disembarked at Great Cornard Lock, which the River Stour Trust built.

From there the River Stour Trust guided a walk back along the river to the Granary. It was a rare treat to experience the view from the boat as well as the shore. Back at the Granary the River Stour Trust runs a little café. There are tables outside the Granary, next to the river. I enjoyed a nice cup of coffee and some delicious cake with a lovely view.

The River Stour Trust runs boat trips and the café is open most weekends. They are also doing another Walk N’ Water event this June, this one would be a 3.5mile walk to the Henny Swan and returning to the Granary by boat. Check out their website wwww.riverstourtrust.org for more details.

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