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River Gipping


The River Gipping has its source at Mendlesham Green, see here for maps, aerial photos and general ground pictures.

http://www.slamnet.org.uk/geography/rivers/orwell.htm

I do not know the course except I have walked the length of this [approx 18 miles at varying times] from Stowmarket to Stoke Bridge, Ipswich. Some claim the Gipping ceases at The Bridge by the Railway Station, some say Stoke Bridge. I'm not an expert but the fresh water Gipping discharges into The River Orwell just past London Road Bridge in Ipswich where there is one major sluice gate followed by a smaller sluice

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The spots along the River Gipping I like are

Hawks Mill (Alder Carr Farm) Needham Market

Baylham Rare Breeds Centre

Needham Lake and Bosmere Mill

Pipps Ford

Gipping Valley Picnic Site (Lakes and River side walk)

Sproughton to Bramford Walk or reverse

Bramford Meadows Picnic Site

Great Blakenham Picnic Site (adjacent to the A14 bridge)

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The River Gipping at Needham Lake after much rain

Suff Needham River Gipping 196.JPG



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Some people argue that the Gipping ceases here at Stoke Bridge and then becomes the River Orwell, others proclaim that the Gipping ceases at the sluice near London Road bridge, this to me is the obvious way of determining the end as this is where fresh water discharges into the tidal river 



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From Gt Blakenham Lock Gates looking West you can walk to Needham Market & Stowmarket with a footpath on the left through the back of the Vicarage, the right side here is private property 

DJ Gt Blakenham weir DSC_3203.jpg



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