Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Deben

The Deben is a river in Suffolk, flowing through Woodbridge. Whilst the inland river is small and pleasant, it is the estuary which is famous as a place to go canoeing or kayaking.

The length of the estuary makes for a nice day, using the tides to get from one end to the other. Obviously, canoeists need to be aware of the tide, currents and wind that may be found on the estuary, and have enough experience to deal with them.

There may be seals swimming alongside you, and there will definitely be some fantastic birdlife to watch and to hear.

Paddle Point

A one-way canoe route using the incoming tide to help you up the beautiful Deben estuary. On a nice day, the sounds of birds will always be with you, curlews, oystercatchers and gulls. Occasionally a seal will check you out if you're lucky.

Launch at low tide at Bawdsey, though you will get a bit muddy, then head upstream. There are excellent pubs at Ramsholt and Waldringfield.

This is a tidal paddle, and as such can be very serious. Wind and tide do funny things, and this is one of those places which always feel windy. Some experience is required.


Paddle Point
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK

A nice route from Woodbridge on the estuary, and then up into the narrower, reed-bound, waters of the river itself. Best done to arrive at the top water at high tide before returning.

At low-mid tide the river is very shallow in places and wading will be required.

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Paddle Point
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK

The Deben Canoe Club is based in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

We meet on Thursdays at the Water Sports centre on the River Deben

(car parking opposite Kingston Fields Tennis Courts)
http://www.bcusuffolk.org.uk/debencc/
Starting at 6:45, and finish around 8:30 (depending on the time of year).
Kayaks, buoyancy aids, paddle and cagoules can all be hired for a minimal charge.

Paddle Point

Fresh water paddle with a little weir (1ft drop) further up there is a water mill that in high water levels produces a good surf wave and two very tricky eddy lines!

Paddle Point
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK

There is a small slipway near the Tide Mill. Canoes can be dropped off or collected at the Mill, but there is no parking there, you will have to park 5 mins walk away in town.

Paddle Point
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12, UK

You can park at the car park next to Kingston Playing field, and then carry onto the river wall.

The slipway belongs to the boatyard and is private (as the sign clearly states)

Paddle Point
Waldringfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12, UK

Good access to the Deben. The Maybush has a fee paying carpark, where the fee is returned to patrons.

http://www.debeninns.co.uk/maybush/

access to the beach and slipway via the end of the lane (side of maybush) is corrently suspended due to flood prevention work.
Flood defence work has now been finished and access is possible again. There is limited free parking 300 m up the road. Waldringfield has good access to the water at all states of tide.
Paddle Point

One of the finest waterside pubs in England

Sadly, this pub is currently closed. Apparently it will re-open under new management soon.
Fortunately, now reopened under new management
Paddle Point
Ramsholt, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK

Privately owned quay (Ramsholt Arms I think), but has public access.
You can unload at the waters edge, but the parking is back up the hill (free).
Concrete slipway gives good access at any point of the tide. Only 3 miles from the entrance to the river - see marker.

Sadly, the Ramsholt Arms is currently closed. Apparently it will re-open under new management soon.
Fortunately, the pub has now reopened under new management
All the land surrounding "ramsholt arms" is private,belonging to the estate, and there is no public right of way except a single footpath. There is no access for public vehicles except for patrons to the pub. There is no public use at all allowed of the slipway,it is private. If you wish to take your kayak down to the waters edge you will have to park at the upper carpark and carry the kayak along the permitted public right of way footpath down to the waters edge. The previous owners of the estate were alot more accomodating.
Paddle Point
Bawdsey, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK

There is a beach area which is fine for launching. The currents can run very fast at the river mouth.
Ideal for launching around low tide, though you may get a bit muddy, and then paddling with the incoming tide up to Ramsholt, The Maybush or Woodbridge

Paddle Point
Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK

There is a beach area which is fine for launching. The currents can run very fast at the river mouth

Paddle Point
Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK

Beware - the currents run very strong at the river entrance at any point of the tide.