Constable Country Water Meadows Trail - Saturday 13 April

Join us as we explore the picturesque water meadows and historic villages of Dedham Vale on the Essex-Suffolk border. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the scenic location of our hike is little changed from the early 19th century when it served as the subject for John Constable, one of Britain's greatest painters.

Following the beautiful River Stour, our trail will take us through pastures and woodlands, skirting the divide between the counties. Along the way we shall stop at Flatford Mill, the location for 'The Hay Wain', the most celebrated of Constable's paintings.

We shall also pass through several villages with buildings dating back to the medieval era before finishing at tidal Manningtree, where the river forms an estuary and meets the salt waters of the North Sea. There we will celebrate our day's adventures with food and drink in a local pub.

Meet: Liverpool Street Station (in the middle of the station, by the Tie Rack shop (marked as 14 on the station map available here: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/897.aspx). The shop is near platforms 7 and 8.

Meeting time: 10.00 am (leaving on 10.30 train)

Price: £26 (includes transport and full-day guided hike). Please pay before the trip using the secure PayPal link at the top. Price does not include meals and drinks.

Distance: 15 kms/9 miles

Hike level: easy to medium

Estimated return time to London: 9PM

Things to bring: water, packed lunch, waterproof clothing, hiking boots, camera - if you would like to take some pictures, money for end of day pub dinner

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  • Tania

    Fantastic pictures, guys! A huge thanks to everybody who uploaded photos!

    April 15, 2013

  • Kieran

    Love navigating a trail for the first time. It was a beautiful route and the group was very enjoyable company. There were a good few laughs along the way. And the highlight? Standing on the very site in Flatford where Constable painted the Hay Wain. Amazing!

    April 14, 2013

  • Tania

    I was deeply impressed with how beautiful the area was! No surprise Constable depicted a lot of it in his paintings. We'll definitely go back there.

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice views, lovely company shame about the weather towards the end - but still a good day out. Thanks for organising Tania and Kieran.

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good walking and great company: it was lovely talking to everyone I chatted with!

    April 13, 2013

  • Jenna

    It was a great relaxed day with some easy walking and lovely sun!

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apart from the varied weather the trail was good

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, just double checking - we're eating lunch in the fields but having pub dinner?

    April 12, 2013

    • Tania

      Yes, Kaye, that's right

      April 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      good stuff, I tried finding a light weight rainproof but no luck in Westfield Shepherds Bush so I'm hoping for a rainless day. Really looking forward to it - rain or shine!

      April 12, 2013

  • Eva

    Sorry got a cold and have got to cancel tomorrow. :-(

    April 12, 2013

    • Tania

      Sorry to hear that, Eva... I hope you get well soon.

      April 12, 2013

  • Kieran

    Forecast: sunny spells, 11 C. Picture perfect for Constable!

    1 · April 12, 2013

  • Francisco

    Hi, I'm in the waiting list. How can I reserve the available spot?

    April 10, 2013

    • Tania

      Hi Francisco, you need to click the button "Change RSVP", change it to YES and then follow Paypal instructions. Once your payment is complete your name will appear on the YES list - and your place is secured. Tania

      April 11, 2013

  • Faith A.

    Are the new spots still available?

    April 7, 2013

    • Tania

      Yes, Faith, we've just increased the amount of spots. Tania

      April 7, 2013

  • Sharon

    I would like to attend the next one if i

    April 5, 2013

  • Olivia B.

    Looking forward to it! Its goig to be a great weather by te way!

    March 27, 2013

  • Karen

    Hi there, Where is the meeting up point at Liverpool St Station?

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Tania

      Very good question, Karen - I completely forgot to mention this. Let's meet in the middle of the station, by the Tie Rack shop (marked as 14 on the station map available here: http://www.networkrai...­) It's near platforms 7 and 8). I have just added this info in the description of the trip.

      March 24, 2013

  • Faith A.

    Hello, Can anyone advise me on what type of shoes/boots to buy for walking? I visited snow and rock and they told me to buy "approach shoes" and not trekking boots. Is that correct. Also, this will be my first walk. Do you think nine miles is to far? I am reasonably fit.

    March 22, 2013

    • Kieran

      Hi Faith, Snow + Rock would say that! Approach shoes are a crossover for both hiking and climbing and are ideal for neither. Hiking boots are what you need. All the best, Kieran

      1 · March 23, 2013

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