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A walk through Constable country, Dedham Vale and the River Stour

A Walk through Constable Country.

Constable Country is situated in the picturesque Dedham Vale. Our walk takes us from the village of Manningtree through the rolling farmland, ancient woodlands and picturesque villages of Dedham Vale, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Vale has inspired many artists and painters, including John Constable, who painted many of his works Here.

Distance 10m-16km four hours walking and 2 hours for sightseeing. Organisers fee £3pp.

We will be meeting at 09.00 at London Liverpool street station outside the ticket office I will have a meetup sign. We will be catching the 09.30 train which takes 1hr 3mins and arrives at Manningtree at 10.33. return fare is £12.90 based on four people traveling together. If you miss us we will be on the front coach. Return trains are every 30 mins.

Leaving Manningtree Station we pick up the Edmond way and follow this till we reach the banks of the river Stour we join the river and follow upstream towards the village of Flatford.

We cross  the river and pass Flatford Mill and Flatford lock to Thatched Bridge Cottage, where we will visit the John Constable exhibition,

After the exhibition we will take a short excursion to see the locations of some of Constable’s most famous paintings. We will  see the restored dry dock, which  is featured in Constable’s ‘Boat Building at Flatford’ and the site of one of Constable’s most famous paintings, ‘The Haywain’ Leaving the river behind we follow a lane uphill and take in the lovely views across Dedham Vale

Descending the hill we walk to East Bergholt to visit the Church and it’s unusual bell cage then we retrace our steps to Fen Bridge Lane and the setting of Constable’s 1826 painting, ‘The Cornfield' From here we will pick up a footpath which takes us to the village of Stratford St Mary and follow the lanes to re join the river stour at Stratford bridge. Heading east we follow the river to Dedham bridge and into the village of Dedham. We pick up the Essex way walking past Castle house and crossing the Shir Burn a short climb takes us up to Broom Knowls we cross the plateau before descending back into Manningtree to take the train home.

 

 

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  • Sophie

    Lovely, really enjoyed it. Thanks for organising :)

    June 5, 2013

  • Stanislav K.

    Delays on picadilly line.

    May 19, 2013

  • Megan

    Apologies. Was looking forward to this walk particularly but am unable to make it now.

    May 18, 2013

  • Sven M.

    Hi Gary. Sorry I have to cancel but I'm not feeling well. Hope you all have a great walk.

    May 18, 2013

  • Daksha P.

    Sorry just saw that I am off waiting list, cannot make it now as I already have other plans for Sunday.

    May 18, 2013

  • Sandra m.

    Sorry got to work

    May 18, 2013

  • Ray

    Sorry

    May 17, 2013

  • Gary

    Hi Guys, I have just sent out a email (friday 20.30) with my contact details.
    Please make sure you bring a drink, snacks, packed lunch. the forecast is OK :) but we all know how the British weather can change so bring a warm layer and a waterproof jacket.

    If you can t make it pleae change your RSVP to No.

    Looking forward to meeting you all on Sunday.

    Gary

    May 17, 2013

  • Siobhan

    Hi What time do you expect to get back to London Central that evening?

    May 16, 2013

    • Gary

      6.30 At latest

      May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it now so there's a spot open.

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very sorry to cancel, my cousin has arranged a last minute outing for her birthday!

    May 16, 2013

  • Cynthia

    The site says the attendees lust is now closed, I have 2 people interested in coming on this walk, can I still invite them?

    May 16, 2013

    • Gary

      Hi Cynthia I have sent you an email

      May 16, 2013

  • Sandra m.

    Can you tell me bit more about it and any cost

    May 7, 2013

    • Gary

      Hi Sandra the info is on the page above

      May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't make it

    May 16, 2013

  • George

    sorry, I have an important appointment on the day.

    May 15, 2013

  • Palma

    Hi there,
    I am so sorry but I can't go. Best regards

    May 12, 2013

  • Sandra m.

    Hi I'm really looking forward too the walk thought constable country. On 19 may and looking forward too meeting some new people

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, Do I pay the organisers fee when I arrive at the station? Many Thanks

    Naomi

    1 · April 6, 2013

    • Gary

      Hi Naomi, you pay the organisers fee on the day.

      April 8, 2013

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