Stour Valley & Dedham from Flatford Mill
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Walk Route Description
This easy walk explores the Stour Valley between Flatford Mill (Suffolk) and Dedham (Essex). The route includes much of interest including the River Stour, the attractive village of Dedham and the many attractions at Flatford Mill which was the subject of John Constable's best-loved paintings. The walk uses sections of the Stour Valley Path and St. Edmund Way.
The start is the National Trust pay and display car park at Flatford (grid ref. TM076366). To start the walk, exit the car park at the north end and turn left along Flatford Road. After 200 metres take the signed footpath on the right. The path runs parallel to the road for about half a kilometre to re-join the lane. Turn right along the lane and almost immediately left down a narrow track (signed to Fen Bridge and Dedham).
Follow the track past a house on your left and continue to cross a bridge. 100 metres beyond the bridge turn right onto the St. Edmund Way and continue to the B1029 in Dedham (grid ref. TM058366). Turn left along the B1029, cross the river, and continue past Dedham Mill on your right. Continue into the centre of Dedham. Reaching a T-junction with the church opposite, turn left and continue into Brook Street. Just after Dedham Art & Craft Centre (on your right) the road bends to the right. On the bend, turn left taking the right-hand of two tracks (signed to Flatford). The route passes Dedham Hall on your left and continues to the River Stour. Bear left along the river and continue to Flatford. Reaching the bridge over the river, bear left over the bridge and explore the village before returning to the car park.
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