Walks Off The Stour Valley Path
Winter Walking At Its Best! And Anytime of course…
A series of five FREE Walks Off The Stour Valley Path haveb been launched by the Dedham Vale Areaof Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), encouraging everyone to ‘get out’ and enjoy the Stour Valley landscape.
These circular walks off the Stour Valley Path will introduce you to the character of the different local areas, help you explore the smaller tributary valleys off the Stour Valley Path, and give a hint of hidden treasures. Visitors are encouraged to use their sense of adventure to find their own way, using the maps showing the route as a guide.
The walks introduce you to the Upper Stour near Haverhill, the Glem Valley near Boxted and Glemsford, Belchamp Brook near Sudbury, Box Valley from Stoke bBy Nayland and the Brett Valley from Stratford St Mary. Refreshment stops along the way include The Swan at Stratford St Mary and The Crown at Stoke by Nayland. The walks are a variety of lengths so you will be able to choose the ones that best suit your abilities. They can be downloaded from our Publications section.
The Stour Valley Path itself is a popular long-distance path running the full length of the river valley, and is 63-miles in total. It runs from Newmarket in the north-west to Manningtree in the south-east, following the valley of the River Stour from near the source to the estuary, passing through some of the most attractive countryside in East Anglia, including ‘Constable Country’ within the Dedham Vale AONB towards the south-east end. The rolling landscape passes through woods, riverside meadows, arable fields and track-ways.
The walker is able to discover hidden treasures of wildlife, landscape and vernacular building style. Of particular interest is the variety of churches, from those serving the humble Saxon hamlets, to the grand ‘Wool Churches’ of the bigger villages, reflecting the past vagaries of the rural economy in this ancient and fascinating landscape.