The Artist's Paintings come to Life
This circular walk of about 10 miles takes us through
a significant part
of English Heritage, namely the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is Constable Country -
Dedham Vale. We shall visit places which feature in Constable's paintings, namely Dedham,
Stratford St Mary, East Bergholt (Constable's birthplace) and of course Flatford Mill with
Willy Lot's Cottage of Haywain fame.
Picturesque Dedham with the Malborough Head pub (the erstwhile Wool Exchange) is a good place for lunch, and Flatford Mill of Haywain fame is a nice place for a traditional afternoon English tea (as you would expect in Constable Country!).
These pictures are a selection of ones I have taken at several times of the year, over a succession of years. The pictures provide a small preview of what you will see and experience on the walk. After the walk you can come back to them to see how many of the scenes you recognise as ones you have enjoyed - albeit perhaps at a time of year different from that in which I originally took the pictures!
Constable Country is shared by Essex and Suffolk and can easily be reached from Manningtree railway station. So, whatever the season, put on those walking boots and pack your camera, and enjoy what this beautiful and historical part of England has to offer!