Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Stour, Kent

Paddle Point

A there and back again canoe route from Grove Ferry up to the small town of Fordwich.
The river is tidal, despite its small size, so you need to set off mid-incoming tide at Grove Ferry, letting it push you up to Fordwich where, if you get it right, you can wait for it to turn in the pub!
As an estimate, leave Grove Ferry about 2-2.5 hours after high tide at Sandwich. By then, the tide will be making its way up the river.

Paddle Point
Chartham, Kent, UK

A Hidden Little Jem in the South East.

At the right levels there is a nice little wave that is created off a sloping weir, good for practicing your surfing and flat spins, we’ve tried looping there but it a little to shallow as you bottom out.
Usually needs a lot of rain to get it up to any decent sort of level. This can generally be worked out by the EA River Gauge at Horton Weir about 100m down stream of the feature. Anything above 0.60 is worth taking a look at.

There is a Village Hall car park just up stream from the feature and is free over the weekends.

There is no access agreement of this section of water, however I have never experienced any issues..

Paddle Point
Chartham, Kent, UK

A Hidden Little Jem in the South East.

At the right levels there is a really good little that is created off a sloping weir, which is more like a pout over; the whole river get funnelled into a 2m slot, great for surfing and flat spins, and even looping due to a deep weir pool. We’ve even had a 16ft Canoe surfing off the second wave…
Usually needs a lot of rain to get it up to any decent sort of level. This can generally be worked out by the EA River Gauge at Horton Weir which is further down stream. Anything above 0.60 is worth taking a look at.

Parking is not great as the feature is just behind a converted mill which has private security gates, however there is a public foot path that runs through the middle of the mill court yard. You could park opposite in the cemetery but that is not ideal. Most people park in Chartham Village and paddle upstream which is a good twenty minute warm up before the fun beings
There is no access agreement of this section of water, and as there is private property all around the feature I would suggest only going as a small group. Please don’t spoil it for the locals

Paddle Point
Sturry, Kent, UK

A grassy slipway leading up to the road right next to the pub car park.



If you launch or come here by river or road take a look at the Smallest Working Town Hall museum for a bit of history after you have had a pint in the pub... http://youtu.be/3wW4bqY1e5Y
NOTE. I went to Fordwich to paddle down to Grove Ferry but as it was early morning the pub was closed and there were bollards which were blocking entry to the car park. If you intend to use the pub car park its a good idea to ask permission first and also make sure your back before they close! As any other parking involves a long walk with the kayak I went onto Grove Ferry and did the paddle UP to Fordwich. Parking at Grove Ferry is £1.20 for the full day. Regards Peter
Paddle Point

Easy get in across grass from ample parking. The Stour is tidal here, so check the tide tables or face a battle against the flow!

One of several put ins, sometimes used by the fishermen.

Grove Ferry to Fordwich (or the other way around) is one of my best paddles so far. Easy launch sites and water so clear you can see the bottom all the time. Plenty of wildlife and not many boats in the week. At Fordwich make sure you visit the Smallest Working Town Hall in England - This town is where all the stones from France came to build the Cathedral - So you get a bit of history to on this trip.http://youtu.be/fibyEbASacE
After doing upstream trip I wanted to try going towards the sea - I got the tides wrong and it was hard work but the event was recorded and if you wish to see the trip = http://youtu.be/Rcyn58J_rx4 Enjoy. Peter
We launched from here on 30th May 2017. It seems that work has been done on jetty area (since the above pics from 1/1/2015) and Canoe Wild operate from here (have a look at their website http://www.canoewild.co.uk ). They are really friendly and gave advice regarding direction to paddle and the river flow etc.. They asked a small donation to use the launch site (couple of quid ). We paddled from Grove Ferry to Fordwich (Head to the left from the jetty) which is pretty much 5 miles there (10 mile round trip)

(Grove Ferry Car Park closes at Dusk or 9pm, whichever is earlier). The attendant was waiting to close it at 8pm when we got back and we left with 3 mins to spare. Not sure he'd locked us in, but wouldn't want to risk it so close again!
We had a pint at the George and Dragon if Fordwich ( http://www.homecountiespubs.co.uk/georgeanddragon/homepage/ ) they did not seem to blink an eye at wearing crocs to the bar but looks a very nice pub. The Rhubarb Cider was lovely. A picture from the disabled car park of the George and Dragon you can see our kayak,

You can enter the water here but the other side of the bridge states no boats past here so head to the right when paddling.

There are Swans, Heron, Mallard, Coots and Moorhens as well as Kingfishers (I think they were Common Kingfishers) and what I think may have been a Green Woodpecker (not sure )


Parking prices have increased, Now £1.30 Weekdays and £2.00 for weekends, looks like there there was a height barrier but it was open.
http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/kent-country-parks/grove-ferry-picnic-site