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Suffolk Walking Breaks Tours - Constable Country Walk

Step out into those inspirational English landscapes of the Dedham Vale & Stour Valley. Walk that extra mile, or make the most of the leisure facilities at your hotel: we'll prepare all the information and the options for you on your Walking Breaks tour. Take a rowing boat out on the Stour perhaps to see the water-meadows from the one-time working waterways which Constable so loved. Unwind with the Stour's every meander, discover even more Suffolk secrets and let this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty simply charm you.

Tour details

Tour Name
Constable Country Walk
Tour Reference
WB-CC4:3
Tour Duration
4 days and 3 nights
Start Day
Any Day
Tour Grade
WB2
Board Basis
Bed & Breakfast
Price
From £297 to £312 per person
Accommodation

For your accommodation we’ve chosen two very comfortable hotels in Dedham and Stoke by Nayland.

This Walking Breaks tour incorporates an extra night to let you relax into your stay and enjoy Constable’s local villages. If you prefer, this night may be added to the end of your stay.

Tour at a Glance

Step out into those inspirational English landscapes of the Dedham Vale & Stour Valley. Walk that extra mile, or make the most of the leisure facilities at your hotel: we'll prepare all the information and the options for you on your Walking Breaks tour, but the rest is really up to you. Take a rowing boat out on the Stour perhaps to see the water meadows from the one-time working waterways which Constable so loved. Unwind with the Stour’s every meander, discover even more Suffolk secrets and let this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty simply charm you.

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Itinerary

 

Day One – Arrive & explore: Constable’s homelands
     Arrive at Milsom's on the banks of the River Stour. Choose to explore by taking the circular walk shown below before returning for drinks on the terrace and dinner at the Good Food Guide rated bistro.

Dedham circular walk (optional)
     Follow the riverside path from the hotel to the charming village of Dedham with its antique shops and craft market, continuing along the River Stour to Flatford Mill. Here you can take a short guided walk to visit seven famous scenes painted by Constable or simply relax in the riverside tea rooms. Climbing out of Dedham Vale, you’ll reach East Bergholt, Constable's birthplace with its wonderful medieval church and unique bell cage. Return to Dedham.
Mileage: Min 4 Max 6.5 Overnight: Dedham

Day Two –  Beckoning towers:
Dedham to Stoke-by-Nayland
     Our walk accompanies a beautiful stretch of the Stour Valley to Stoke-by-Nayland whose church tower often featured in Constable's paintings. Arriving at the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, you'll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the facilities.
Mileage: Min 8 Max Overnight: Stoke-by-Nayland

Day Three - Timeless villages
     Explore the area around Stoke-by-Nayland and Nayland by taking the circular walk shown below before returning to your hotel in Stoke-By-Nayland. (Alternatively, you might choose to have a lazier day making the most of the facilities of the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel – the choice is up to you!)

Stoke-by-Nayland circular walk (optional)
     A mix of riverside and country walking, this route takes you along the Stour Valley path down to the pretty village of Nayland, then after a short climb out of the Stour Valley through superb Suffolk countryside.
Mileage: Min 8 Max 8  Overnight: Stoke-by-Nayland

Day Four - Rural (re-) treat:
     The final walk returns you to your first hotel where you pick up your luggage before travelling home.

Stoke-by-Nayland to Dedham
     Follow the St Edmunds Way south from the hotel to the village of Nayland before crossing the River Stour. Later you join The Essex Way heading towards Dedham, with the final stretch of your walk rewarding you with lovely views across the parklands of Langham Hall.
Mileage: Min 8 Max 8

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