Located at the heart of Constable Country and situated on the River Stour, you will find the former wealthy wool and market town of Dedham. Just a short drive down the A12 from Colchester and perched on the Essex/Suffolk border, you will find yourself amongst some of the most beautiful and picturesque landscape in the county.
The River Stour forms the boundary between Essex and Suffolk and provides the many tourists visiting the Dedham Vale area with some stunning scenery. This remarkable landscape also features in many of John Constable’s paintings.
A visit to the Boathouse Restaurant
will not only provide a friendly and relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a drink or even a meal, but as the name suggests you could also hire a rowing boat and take a leisurely trip down the Stour. If you have the energy, approximately a mile and a half down the river from Dedham
is Flatford Mill, made famous by John Constable.
The Water Meadows of the River Stour make for interesting and relaxing walks, with cattle and horses grazing nearby, sheep visible on Grove Hill and a varied wildlife.
At the centre of the village is the Parish Church
with its 131 foot tower clearly visible. Dating back to the late 15th century, this magnificent building is close to my heart as my two Daughters were christened there.
On permanent display at the church is John Constable's The Ascension, courtesy of The Constable Trust
So popular is the village that it attracts visitors young and old from across the world and gets very busy during the summer months. This can be confirmed by reading the guest book located in the Parish Church. With adequate free car parking and a coach park just a short walk from the village centre and the River Stour, getting to and around this historic village is stress free.
With plenty of places to eat and drink, attractions such as the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum
and the Dedham Art & Craft Centre, stunning views of the Vale and a warm welcome from the local townsfolk, why wait to visit.
Although busiest and most popular in the summer, the scenery during the winter months is also not to be missed.
If you plan on visiting this beautiful area, please give yourself enough time to explore the many more interesting towns and villages
Essex has to offer. You won't be disappointed.EssexTouristGuide.com