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Dedham Vale and the Stour Valley

A leisurely walk (riverside) starting and finishing in Suffolk, England, about 6.23km (3.87 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 3m (9ft)
Loss 8m (26ft)
Max. Elevation 20m (65ft)
Elevation (total) 11m (35ft)
Start
Dedham
End
Mistley
Distance 6.23km
(3.87mi)
Duration ~1:45
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 21 Jan 2010
This is a walk through Constable Country - the typical rural English countryside made famous by the paintings of John Constable. The walk heads past the scene of his most famous work, Flatford Mill on the River Stour. Starting from Dedham, it's easy riverside walking near the border of Suffolk and Essex to the town of Manningtree. An interesting extension of the walk takes you to Mistley, with the curious Mistley Towers. Regular buses to Dedham from Colchester, and trains back from Mistley.

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OS Grid TM057331
Catch the bus to the village of Dedham, the home of John Constable. This village is famous for its magnificent church, St Mary the Virgin. The footpath to the River Stour starts nearby in Brook Street.
The River Stour About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
OS Grid TM065334
The path then follows the lower reaches of the River Stour. The area is part of the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as is managed to protect its rich wildlife - more info on what to see at different times of year here: www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org
Flatford Mill About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
OS Grid TM076331
This famous building is an 18th century watermill, now a Grade 1 listed building (whatever that means) and a Field Studies Centre. The building was made famous by Constable in one of his many paintings of the region.
Towards Manningtree About 2.53 km (~1.57 miles) from
OS Grid TM100324
Follow the southern side of the river along to Manningtree. There are train and bus connections from here, but it's worth continuing on to Mistley, further along the estuary.
Mistley About 1.72 km (~1.07 miles) from
OS Grid TM116318
Mistley is a funny little place. Its main claim to fame is being the home of Mathew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General! The quay is now closed to the public sadly, so instead aim for the Mistley Towers, two striking towers that were once part of a church. An interesting finish to an enjoyable day out.

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