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Ipswich & Stowmarket Navigation

Ipswich & Stowmarket Navigation

The River Gipping Trust aims to return the waterway between Ipswich and Stowmarket to navigation and to improve access to the Gipping Valley. 

The trust is in the process of restoring part of the footpath upstream of Baylham to its original towpath position alongside the river. A new footbridge across the river will be built upon the existing 230-year-old brick bridge abutments. The bridge platform was lost nearly 100 years ago and the 1 mile footpath was diverted away from the river. The new footpath will give walkers a much-improved walking experience between Baylham and Needham Market, along the old towpath route. 

In the medium term the trust aims to maintain any threatened structures associated with the navigation and to open a limited length for a trip-boat and canoes. Three lock chambers have been restored – Bosmere, Creeting and Baylham – and work continues around Pipps Ford Lock to restore the bywash and repair the walls.

Top picture: Vegetation clearance around old brick abutments on the Ipswich & Stowmarket Navigation

February 2021

Reestablishing the towpath on the Stowmarket Navigation
Reestablishing the towpath on the Stowmarket Navigation.

Navigation Authority


East Anglian Waterways Association

River Gipping Trust