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.
Flatford Mill PostcodeCO7 6UL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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