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The Stour Valley Path

One of the best ways to experience the countryside that John Constable knew and loved is to walk around the picturesque Stour Valley.
The 60 mile Stour Valley Path is a waymarked route from Newmarket to Cattawade that can be split up into convenient sections for day walking.

By following in the footsteps of Constable you’ll have a better appreciation of the trees, rivers, sounds and light captured on canvass by one of the greatest British painters of all time.

You don't need to wait for a cloudless day to experience Constable Country at its best. The quieter week days that are forecast for sunshine and showers often leave the landscape at its most beguiling, and as Constable depicted it.
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Manningtree                                                                                                                      Suffolk                                                   
England, UK   
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Stour Valley Path Sample Walk
Here's a short walk from Manningtree to Bridge Cottage, Dedham. Further Stour Valley walks can be downloaded as PDF's from the links below.
Leave Manningtree station exit and descend a ramp to the right. The footpath starts from the end of the ramp in the car park. After leaving the car park turn right along a track, and then turn right again under a railway bridge.

1. Follow path until you reach the river and turn left along a streamside path taking you through the Cattawade Marshes.

2. Walk behind Fifty Six Gates, an old flood defence barrier and follow the path on the bank to the hamlet of Flatford.

3. You can take a short detour to see Flatford Mill, Willy Lott’s House and the site of ‘The Hay Wain’ painting. Return to Manningtree by the same route or continue on to Dedham…

4. Leave Flatford by walking up Tunnel Lane from Bridge Cottage. Turn left at the top of the lane and after 100m take the footpath running parallel to the road.

5. Panoramic views over the vale can be seen from the top of the hill. Turn left into Fen Lane.

6. Shortly after crossing a bridge, turn right along a tree-lined footpath. Cross riverside meadows, until reaching a bridge at Dedham.

7. Leave the village on a footpath after the drive to Dedham Hall. Follow this to Flatford, bearing left at NT sign to Dedham Hall Farm.

8. The river leads back to Bridge Cottage across water meadows. A kissing gate marks the site of an old stile featured in ‘The Leaping Horse’.
Stour Valley Path PDF Leaflets and Downloads 

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Location of Manningtree Station - Sample Walk Start Point
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