Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Dedham, Colchester

Follow in the footsteps of John Constable and explore Dedham Vale and Stour Valley an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The area is characterised by picturesque villages, rolling farmland, rivers, meadows, ancient woodlands and a wide variety of local wildlife making it an ideal escape really get away from it all.

Its rich history has been the inspiration to many writers and artists, and was immortalised by John Constable in his paintings over 200 years ago. John Constable himself said that "I associate my careless boyhood with all that lies on the banks of the Stour. Those scenes made me a painter".

For the insider’s guide to the area, why not book on to a National Trust guided tour around Flatford where you can view pictures of Constable’s pictures standing next to the scene as it is today.

The Dedham Vale is ideal for exploring by cycle or on foot, so leave the car behind and enjoy a relaxing bike ride or a leisurely walk taking in the very sights that Constable saw himself.

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