Essex

Constable Country

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Overview

Start in neighbouring Essex at Colchester the oldest recorded town in England before relaxing in the inspirational landscape of Constable country at Dedham and Flatford. Explore the historic Suffolk countryside of Lavenham, Kersey and Long Melford, home to Lovejoy.

Colchester

Historic Colchester was the first British Roman capital and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Castles Park is home to Colchester Castle built on the site of Roman temple and Hollytrees a Georgian townhouse museum. For the more lively visit Colchester Zoo, Jump Street, the leisure centre and swimming pools.

Dedham

Bridging the Essex / Suffolk border, Dedham is a peaceful spot to hire a rowing boat and make your way to Flatford through the landscape that inspired painter John Constable. Or if you prefer, enjoy an ice cream or picnic and take a walk along the river bank.

Flatford Mill

The village of Flatford is famous for the 18th century Watermill and Willy Lott’s House. Flatford Watermill is a Grade 1 listed mill, famously captured in Constable’s painting, The Haywain. Explore the historic buildings or take in the views on a walk along the River Stour to Dedham.

Hadleigh

An historic market town dating back to 1252 alongside the River Brett, Hadleigh is filled with crooked, half-timbered houses reflecting the historic wool and cloth trades of yesteryear. Take in a walking tour or visit the nearby ancient woodland of RSPB Wolves Wood.

Kersey

The historic wool village of Kersey and surrounding hamlets occupy a steep hill with the high street forded by a tributary of the River Brett. The skyline of the charming village skyline is dominated by the 11th century medieval St. Mary’s Church.

Lavenham

Half-timbered medieval cottages and the 15th century church are central to the history of picture postcard Lavenham. The wool town is steeped in history and you can visit The Guildhall of Corpus Christi and the 14th century Little Hall or take the railway walk to Long Melford.

Cavendish

Located between Clare and Long Melford, the picturesque Suffolk village of Cavendish is well known for its “Suffolk Pink” thatched cottages, the historic Norman tower church and local pub overlooking the vibrant green.

Clare

Situated on the north bank of the River Stour the old wool town of Clare is steeped in history with plenty for the visitor to explore, including a medieval church, museum, Clare Country Park, 13th century Augustinian Priory and Clare Castle ruins dating back to William the Conqueror.

Long Melford

From Melford Hall overlook the village green in Suffolk’s great cloth village where you can join in the annual Beatrix Potter festival or just browse the antique shops on the main street. Other local attractions include the Long Melford Heritage Centre and nearby moated Tudor Kentwell Hall.

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Overview

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Colchester

2
8.8 miles

Dedham

3
6.3 miles

Flatford Mill

4
7.5 miles

Hadleigh

5
3.2 miles

Kersey

6
7.9 miles

Lavenham

7
9.5 miles

Cavendish

8
3.8 miles

Clare

9
7.1 miles

Long Melford

What to see and do…

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La Tour Cycle Cafe

7, Waterfront, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1FT

Mill House Breaks

Mill House, Halesworth Road, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 0AE

Corner Farm Holidays

Corner Farm, Huntingfield, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 0LL

National Trust Ickworth

Ickworth House, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE

Holly Tree Cottage Wangford

50 Norfolk Road, Wangford, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8RN

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

Downham Hall

Downham Hall, Castledon Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1LG

Rope Runners Ltd

The Secret Nuclear Bunker, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA

The Den Bed & Breakfast

The Den Bed & Breakfast, 58 Thistledown Drive, Ixworth, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 2NH

Parlour Cafe

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Creeksea Disc Golf and Football Golf Course

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Creeksea Place Barns

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

About the Constable Country Trail

Distance: 54 miles
Cites / Towns: 9
Number Of Businesses: 225

Leave the Roman town of Colchester with its castle and numerous historic buildings and head to Constable Country. Explore Willy Lott’s Cottage and the watermill at Flatford on the River Stour and may be walk or row to Dedham.
Head through the countryside to the market town of Hadleigh before visiting the Suffolk Wool Towns of Kersey, Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare with their timber framed houses – you may even spot De Vere House, Harry Potter’s mythical birthplace!
Stop and explore the magnificent Tudor Kentwell Hall with extensive gardens and tearoom.

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Historic Suffolk

Suffolk is home to many picture postcard 15th century villages based on the wool trade. Spot the crooked timber framed houses in the likes of Lavenham, Kersey and Hadleigh. Enjoy historic Flatford Mill, site of Constable’s famous Haywain painting or the moated Kentwell Hall.

Art & Cuture

Visit the art and craft galleries at Dedham and Lavenham where you will find a mix of painting and sculptures by local and national artists including Constable and Gainsborough. Stop a while in Long Melford, Lovejoy country, where you can browse the local antique shops.

Beautiful Countryside

Enjoy the rolling green countryside and wildlife of Suffolk. Watch for kingfishers on the banks of the River Stour at picturesque Dedham or the River Brett through historic Hadleigh. Look out for the avocets in the fields or explore RPSB Wolves Wood and keep an eye for the local deer.

Also Nearby

La Tour Cycle Cafe

7, Waterfront, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1FT

Mill House Breaks

Mill House, Halesworth Road, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 0AE

Corner Farm Holidays

Corner Farm, Huntingfield, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 0LL

National Trust Ickworth

Ickworth House, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE

Holly Tree Cottage Wangford

50 Norfolk Road, Wangford, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8RN

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

Downham Hall

Downham Hall, Castledon Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1LG

Rope Runners Ltd

The Secret Nuclear Bunker, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA