Stour Descent


We regret the need to postpone the Stour Descent until 2023.

The logistics to achieve a safe and well organised race are just not possible this year, but Stour Valley is coordinating with British Canoeing to put on a well organised and exciting event next year.  We’ll keep you updated with progress from at least January onwards.

Sorry for the disappointment, see you next year!


An established annual 13.5 mile Race on the River Stour taking the form of a time trial that includes: one optional shoot, one obligatory shoot and a compulsory portage. A hard and exciting combination for an enjoyable days racing!

Date: t.b.c for 2023
Start: Sturminster Newton Mill
Finish: Bryanston School

Racing K1 & K2
Touring K1 & K2
Canadian, single & double

Age Categories:
Junior, Senior, Veteran & Mixed

Your attention is drawn to the fact that the course can be exacting with few access points. Hazards include sharp turns and shallows; trees are a special problem, especially after high rainfall.