Flatford and Dedham is a 11.3 kilometer loop trail located near Manningtree, Essex, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

11.3 km
117 m

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching

partially paved




over grown

This walk is set in the landscape that inspired John Constable, whose birthplace is passed close by. It is a circular walk through lovely pastoral scenery, 8 miles north east of Colchester in Essex. It runs either side of the River Stour, visiting both Dedham and Flatford Mill. A detour provides some contrast to the wide river valley by climbing up to the edge of East Bergholt. The entire valley is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The seaward end of the walk provides excellent views over the RSPB Cattawade wetland reserve. Both bird and butterfly watching are rewarding. Most of the route is on farmland, mainly grass. One mile is along a flood bank, while 0.8 miles is on pavements by the side of roads. These roads are busy, but provide views across the tidal valley of the River Stour. There are two short sections that are a bit grotty, but two big breaths and you will be past them, and the rest of the walk more than compensates, imho. There is one steady climb on the walk, otherwise the walk is flat or downhill. The climb can be avoided, if required. There are no stiles on the route, only gates, but both sheep and cattle are likely to be encountered. Allow 3.5 hours.

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30 days ago

Decent trail but very busy due to going on a warm bank holiday. Flatford Mill is the highlight and some time should definitely be spent there.

9 months ago

Great walk, a little bit overgrown at the start, but well worth it.

7 days ago

2 months ago

Sunday, April 29, 2018

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