One of the best ways to explore the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley is on foot. Why not take some time to enjoy one of the area's many circular or linear walks, taking you off the beaten track and into some classic English landscape. Many of our walks are FREE to download - see our Publications section
There are two regional long distance footpaths in the Stour Valley - The Essex Way and the Stour Valley Path - as well as numerous self-guided trails. Routes range from around 2 to 61 miles and are suitable for a wide range of walking abilities.
To help both visitors and residents we've produced a series of publications outlining self-guided trail routes throughout the Stour Valley. The routes are waymarked on the ground and each guide has a map, clear concise instructions and highlights points of interest.
For additional help planning a great day’s walking, please refer to Ordnance Survey Explorer 196 (Sudbury, Hadleigh & Dedham Vale) or OS Explorer 210 (for the upper valley, Newmarket & Haverhill), which shows the excellent network of public footpaths throughout the area.