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Getting Around

The Dedham Vale (AONB) and Stour Valley is easily accessible for visitors from both Britain and abroad, with good air, rail and bus links. The Stour Valley is a quiet, rural landscape, and traffic can have a huge impact on the local environment. Please consider using public transport to travel to and around the area, and help us to keep the Stour Valley special.

Dedham Vale Hopper Bus

We regret to confirm that the Dedham Vale Hopper Bus service will NOT run in 2016. The Hopper relies heavily on funding to keep it going and we have been grateful to Hadleigh Community Transport (HTC) for taking on the running of the service for the last few years.  HTC have now taken on other work and have had to withdraw from running the Hopper, and we have not been able to find or fund another season of the service.


You can use Traveline East Anglia to plan a journey or search for regional rail, coach and bus information. Traveline enables you to specify when, where and how you want to travel, and also provides timetables for downloading and printing. 

For national coach information contact National Express. Set-down points in the local area are in Colchester, Bury St Edmunds or Cambridge. 


Essex and Suffolk have good rail networks, with most services operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. There are frequent services into London from both Essex and Suffolk, as well as to other counties.

For local rail, coach and bus information use Traveline

For national rail information contact National Rail. Local stations are at Manningtree, Bures and Sudbury. 

When buying a train ticket you may also want to ask for the PLUSBUS, a discount price local ticket for unlimited bus travel with your train ticket.

Trainline is a one-stop shop for train and coach travel.


The A14 provides fast and easy access from the Midlands and links with the A12 and M25 from London and the Home Counties. The A140 and A134 run south from Norfolk to link with the A14 giving a route through to Sudbury, Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds. The A134 runs eastwards from the A12 connecting the villages and towns of Nayland, Sudbury, Long Melford, Cavendish and Clare.

From abroad

The nearest airport is London Stansted, although the area is also accessible from London Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow.

There are also a number of ferry service providers who offer transport to and from the east of England from the port at Harwich. 


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