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