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 Walks and rides around the Dedham Vale

The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along the border of the counties of Essex and Suffolk, is better known as Constable Country. It embraces the communities of Dedham, Flatford and East Bergholt. With many views still recognisable from Constable's time, the Stour Valley and the charm of its villages are highly popular with visitors, both from the UK and overseas.

Constable Country is a pleasure to visit all year round but is particularly worth exploring in spring when the lambs are finding their feet in the meadows and in autumn when the foliage on the trees turn to so many shades of red and gold in the setting sun. 

For those who prefer a more active, but not strenuous visit, the area is perfect to discover by cycle or by walking. The ‘Painters Trail', a 70 mile circular route taking in the area from Manningtree to Long Melford renowned for it's artists or 'Walk in Constable's Foorsteps' are just two of the many trails and walks you can take. There are also many things to see and do in the area so do take time to explore this precious countryside.

However you decide to  discover Constable's landscapes, take time to gaze up at the wide skies and the particular quality of the light on the clouds which characterised so much of his work.


Below are some itineraries for you to download. Just click on the images to download the PDF. If you have any routes you would like to share with the online community then please contact us via email.


Download the Painters' Trail. Download the leaflet. Opens in new window. Download the National Trust Flatford Constable Walk. Opens in new window.
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