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Best trails in Dedham

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Explore the most popular trails near Dedham with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Dedham, Gun Hill and the Stour Valley
Dedham, Essex, England
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
This circular walk is situated just north west of Colchester in Essex. It combines lovely old villages, beautiful individual buildings, woods, river and stream-side walking, and views across the broad Stour Valley. Come and see what inspired Constable! This is an area with affluent residents, so throughout the walk there are some impressive spreads to admire. None of the walk is particularly muddy, although the low lying sections get wet after heavy rain. There are only two stiles on the walk, one of which also has wire netting underneath- so dogs will need to jump over this or have a lift. You will also need to negotiate several kissing gates and footbridges. Some sections of the walk are close to the A12 dual carriageway, where the traffic noise is constant. However the attractions of the rest of the walk more than compensate for this, in my view. There are two climbs on the walk- one gentle and one quite steep. Livestock may be encountered alongside the Stour river, and in two fields elsewhere. One mile of the walk is along public roads, although most of these are usually quiet. You will need to cross one sandy gallops track where horses are exercised, so make sure you check this track is clear before you cross. You should allow around 3 hours for the walk.Show more