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Dedham, Gun Hill and the Stour Valley

MODERATE 3 reviews

Dedham, Gun Hill and the Stour Valley is a 9.3 kilometer loop trail located near Dedham, Essex, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching.

9.3 km
137 m


trail running


bird watching

partially paved


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.

1 month ago

Fantastic walk. Dogs thoroughly enjoyed the swimming opportunities. Took us just over 2 hours. Just fabulous!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Great walk. Lovely views, lots of animals and nice properties to see. Very good instructions. Make sure you stop off at Langham Church and meet Gerry the church cat.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

What a beautiful varied and easy walking walk - definitely do this again.

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