A day out in the Stour Valley
PUBLISHED: 12:10 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:41 31 March 2015
No wonder the Stour Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The landscape on the Suffolk-Essex border, made famous worldwide by artists such as Constable and Gainsborough, is still as recognisable today as it was when they painted it. There’s no shortage of places to go and things to see – picturesque villages, rolling farmland, rivers, meadows, ancient woodlands. The hedgerows and wildflower meadows of the Dedham Vale AONB are among some of England’s most precious and vulnerable pastoral landscapes.
The Stour Valley Path is a 60-mile route following the valley sides of the River Stour through the beautiful Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire countryside, including Dedham Vale AONB.
Get your hands on Days Out Along the Stour Valley Path, a public transport itinerary pack that enables you to walk the path in stretches and take a bus or train back to your start point. You can buy it at local Visitor Information Centres or from the website, where you can also download free circular walks leaflets. www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org/publications/walking-guides
A jewel in the Stour Valley crown is the bustling market town of Sudbury. Head there for some excellent shopping – numerous independent shops and a busy market on Thursdays and Saturdays – a bite to eat in one of the excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants, a walk – perhaps a picnic – in the historic water meadows surrounding the town, and a night at the Quay Theatre. www.sudbury.org.uk
Magna Carta comes to Clare
In the lovely Stour Valley village of Clare, preparations are underway for a series of events to celebrate Clare’s involvement in Magna Carta. Events kick off on April 25 with a heritage walk from Clare to Castle Hedingham, and culminate on June 13 with a medieval fair in Clare Country Park, when local children dressed in medieval costume will also make a procession around the village. The full programme can be found at www.magnacartafestival.org