Paddling the Gipping

The Trust supports Canoeing, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) along the Gipping. The Trust is working with British Canoeing to enhance the paddling prospects along the river. British Canoeing has around 75,000 members and they list the River Gipping as a river that has  a ‘generally accepted right to paddle’ from Ipswich to Stowmarket and with ‘disputed rights’ between Stowmarket and Rattlesden (see map below). Paddlers can often be seen along the Gipping, especially when water levels are high and vegetation has died back. It should be noted that no one attempting to navigate the river or its canalised sections can use the banks for launching or portaging without the consent of the relative riparian owners. Doing so would be considered as trespassing. Trespassing is not a criminal  offence but it is a civil one.  
Interesting Canoeing Sites

Click on map for UK access rights map                -                Canoeing along the Gipping

There is very strong evidence of navigation along the river prior to it being canalised in1793, hence there being ancient navigational rights, despite a closure in 1932.