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Walk in Constable's Footsteps

Walk in Constable's Footsteps


Flatford Visitor Information Centre

01206 299460


CO11 2HH


Constable Country, part of the stunning Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is both simple and carefree. The characteristic lowland English landscape immortalised and
made world-famous by artists such as Constable and Gainsborough is still instantly recognisable today.

Whether you are a seasoned rambler or a first-time walker who simply likes the idea of spending an indulgent few hours in the countryside, this area is steeped full of history, wildlife, culture and beauty.

This short, easily navigable route takes you deep into the heart of Constable Country, via Flatford and for those wanting a further taste, the walk can be continued into nearby Dedham and East Bergholt.

These charming, quintessential English villages have changed little since Constable's time, but do now offer a tempting array of shops, places to visit and eateries to whet every appetite. Why not take a rowing boat out for a lazy afternoon basking on the river…

Exit Manningtree station, turn right down the car park ramp and at the bottom of the ramp,turn left onto a short grassy footpath. Immediately turn right onto the main track - signposted to Flatford. Continue along this main track before turning right underneath the Railway Bridge.

This walk starts at Manningtree station.

The charming hamlet of Flatford was the inspiration for some of Constable's most famous works including "The Mill Stream", "Boat-Building" and "The White Horse". Next to Flatford
Mill, home of The Field Studies Council Field Centre, is Willy Lott's House and the site of one of Constable's best known paintings - "The Hay Wain". Following the riverside footpath past
the lock and over the bridge, to the right is National Trust Bridge Cottage. Here you can discover more about the artist, John Constable, in a fascinating exhibition about his life and works, or why not relax with a well-earned cream tea by the river in the National Trust Tea Room next door to Bridge Cottage? Rowing boats can be hired at Flatford, or later on from Dedham.

Walk Route: Manningtree Train Station - Flatford - East Bergholt - Dedham

Duration: 4



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Map reference: TM 106314  Lat: 51.94121 Long: 1.06256