Come to Flatford in Suffolk on the serene River Stour for the beautiful
scenery. The place from which John Constable took much of his
inspiration for his paintings, and for the best and most interesting
way to spend time and explore the Stour Valley is by rowing boat, to
travel along this peaceful stretch of river, hiring a rowing boat from
Flatford will give you the opportunity to row upstream following the
river as it meanders through the water meadows towards Dedham.
Exploring the valley in this way confers one distinct advantage, once
you feel you have rowed far enough, you can let the gentle river
current carry you back your starting point.
At Flatford Boats you can hire a rowing boat from 1/2 an hour up to
however long you want. We have had people go out for 8 hours. So long
as you are back by October we don't mind. You can row up to Dedham and
park the rowing boat at a dedicated landing stage and go for a meal in
the village of Dedham, stop for an ice cream or cup of tea and then
have a row back allowing the gentle current to carry you back to your
starting point at Flatford. Alternatively you can row up river and stop
for a picnic at the many beautiful picnic spots along the way.
We charge eight pounds per hour and £5 per half an hour. We are open 7 days of
the week from march 1st to mid October.
We open from 10.00am till late