The Artist's Paintings come to Life

What you will see here

The Walk in Words

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!).

The Walk in Pictures

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!

Flatford Mill in East Bergholt. Constable's "Hay Wain" picture - in today's real life without the hay wain (hay wagon) but with more trees to the right of Willy Lott's 16th-century cottage.

Lawford Church, at least some of whose internal stone masonry survived the destruction inflicted by Cromwell's soldiers.

On the Way to Dedham along part of the Essex Way.

Dedham Church in the Distance

On the Way to Dedham. A new age half-timbered house looks pretty with the garden flowers.

The Main Entrance to Dedham Church. Old wood, new flowers.

Dedham High Street

Dedham High Street

Near Flatford Mill

Dedham - Former Wool Exchange, now the Malborough Head Pub

Dedham Church

In Dedham Church. A stone memorial to a long forgotten local dignitary has been smoothed by the feet of ages - the feet of worshippers and visitors.

Sherman's House - Sherman of American Tank fame.

Stratford Saint Mary

Stratford Saint Mary

Stratford Saint Mary

Stratford Saint Mary

Stratford Saint Mary

East Bergholt Church - Constable's parish church. The rebuilding of the church's bell tower is still waiting for approval of funding from Cardinal Wolseley.

And here is the "temporary" bell cage!

A last look at the world famous Flatford Mill. Constable lives!


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!