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A Visitor’s Guide to Constable Country

A Visitor’s Guide to Constable Country in the Dedham Vale Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty is available, packed full of information about this lovely part of Suffolk.

Produced by the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project, the 16 page souvenir booklet has some beautiful photographs and it’s easy to see why painter John Constable was so inspired by the countryside where he lived.

Born in East Bergholt in 1776, Constable spent much of his time in the surrounding fields and woodlands and he developed a love of painting from an early age:

“Still I should paint my own places best; painting is with me but another word for feeling, and I associate my “careless boyhood” with all that lies on the banks of the Stour; those scenes made me a painter and I am grateful…” he wrote to a friend in his later years.

The River Stour wends its way gently through the landscape of Constable Country and it’s a delightful place to visit, particularly if you visit in the off peak season, when the area is at its most tranquil.The booklet will guide you around with a map showing where Constable painted some of his most well known pictures such as The Hay Wain and The Leaping Horse.

All the visitor attractions are listed as well as helpful information on how to get to the area using public transport – it’s very easy coming from London to Manningtree Station for example, where it’s a scenic 40 minute walk to Flatford.

From there, it’s a very pleasant stroll across the fields to Dedham, where Constable went to school and where another painter, Sir Alfred Munnings, made his home.

The visitor’s guide is available free of charge from tourist information centres in Suffolk and North Essex and at outlets in the Constable Country area .

For more information on Constable Country and for places to stay.

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