Flatford Mill Walk
Visit the site of Constable's most famous painting and enjoy a short stroll along the River Stour on this easy walk in the Dedham Vale AONB. There's wonderful old buildings, lovely river views and a nice National Trust tea room where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk.
Start your walk from the Flatford Mill car park and head past the mill to Willy Lott's Cottage, scene of The Hay Wain. The pretty Grade I listed cottage dates from the 16th century. The watermill is also Grade I listed and dates from the 18th century. It includes a 17th-century miller's cottage.
After passing the buildings, footpaths take you past a pretty lake to the River Stour. You can then pick up the Stour Valley Path to take you back to the car park.
You can virtually explore part of the site using the google street view link below!
To extend your walking in the area you could try our Dedham Vale circular walk which takes you on a wider tour of the countryside and woodland of the AONB.
The Stour Valley Path also runs past the mill so you could pick this up and continue along the riverside path towards the lovely Alton Water. The waymarked path can be followed to the mill from the nearby village of Dedham.
Also nearby is the RSPB Cattawade Marshes where you can look out for water loving birdlife including Little Egret, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck and Water Rail.
PostcodeCO7 6UL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Flatford Mill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Flatford Mill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Flatford Mill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Flatford Mill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's a delightful National Trust Tea Room where you can sit on a balcony overlooking the river if the weather is good. It's a lovely spot to relax in and take the weight of your feet.
The mill is a nice place to take your dog for a walk. You are requested to keep them on leads though please. The tea room mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The East Bergholt circular walk starts from the noteworthy village just to the north of the mill. The village is notable as the birthplace of Constable in 1776. It contains Bridge Cottage a 16th-century dwelling used as a location by Constable. There's also a 15th century church and a noteworthy 14th century pub to investigate.
Head north west from the site on the Stour Valley Path and you can visit the villages of Stratford St Mary and Stoke By Nayland. Here you'll find another picturesque village with many cottages and fine old timber-framed houses. There's also a noteworthy village church which dates from the 15th century and features several times in Constable's paintings. Polstead with its village green and 17th century inn is also located in this area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Suffolk Walks page.