Black and white photo of a horse is helped onto a lighter

A horse being helped on a Stour lighter around 1900

Because the tow path was  not continuous, the horses that pulled the barges had to be transported from one side of the river (where the tow path had run out) to the other side to continue pulling their load.

Click on the drop down menu in the tool bar or click on the links below to find out more about navigation on the River Stour.

  • River Stour in Suffolk 
  • Navigation on the River Stour
  • Flatford Dry Dock
  • Flatford Lock