Walking Guides

Please don't drive to exercise... the AONB will be here when the time is right...

Enjoy reading our guides, plan ahead for a visit later in the year.

Stour Valley Path - Free to download or £5 + £1.50 p&p for the full-colour printed pack! For full details please see our dedicated Stour Valley Path section where you can order a copy or download for free. 

Walking in Bures (new Nov 2019) - download here.

Walking In... guides to Constable Country and Dedham
- NEW IN 2017 & 2018! Free to download. 

Enjoy strolls and longer walks in iconic and outstanding landscapes and villages of the Dedham Vale AONB:

Walking in Constable Country - sponsored by Discover Suffolk - download here.
Explore the landscape that inspired the artist John Constable around Flatford, East Bergholt, Dedham, Langham and Stratford St. Mary.

Walking in Dedham - sponsored by Discover Suffolk - download here
Discover the historic village of Dedham and the surrounding countryside by following these two short walks.

Walking in Nayland, two circular walks - download here. Sponsored by Discover Suffolk, with additional support from Gladwins

Walking in Stoke by Nayland, two circualr walks - download here. Sponsored by Discover Suffolk, with additional support from the Crown Inn

Walks Off The Stour Valley Path - Free to download

A series of SIX walks that help you explore the tributaries of the River Stour and the different landscapes along its length.  The walks are circular and of a variety of lengths.  They are NEW publications published November 2012 and Sept 2013 - download them from the list below and download the Introduction to give you an overview of the walks and where they are on the Stour Valley Path (or contact the office for a copy).  Sponsored by The Crown Inn, Stoke by Nayland and The Swan, Stratford St Mary:

Managing a Masterpiece - Sudbury Line Walks - station to station walks, FREE to download

Walk from station to station with our useful guides!  Produced by Managing a Masterpiece, an HLF funded project:

Leavenheath - circular walks x 4 - 2015 - Free to download

THE WALKS THAT FOLLOW ARE ALL MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD. The self-guided routes shown below are no longer supported by the AONB team. While these routes on Public Rights of Way remain open and an enjoyable way of visiting the AONB and Stour Valley we cannot guarantee the quality of waymarking on the ground. We recommend those that wish to follow these routes use an Ordnance Survey map in conjunction with the guides and be confident in navigating with the use of maps.
You might like to check out www.discoversuffolk.org.uk/walking for a range of other routes in these locations.

A Walk in Constables Footsteps - Free 

A walk along the River Stour from Manningtree Station to Flatford, with extensions to East Bergholt or Dedham. You can download a copy here

Long Melford Circular Walk - Free 

Circular walking routes following edge of woodland, crossing farmland and passing interesting buildings - one route 5 miles and another of 7 miles. You can download a copy here (not recently updated, the pubs are no longer open and signage has not been checked).

Stoke by Clare circular walk - Free

A 5 mile circular walking route passing through the ancient village of Stoke by Clare and surrounding countryside. You can download a copy here (not recently updated).

Leavenheath and Nayland - Free

5 and 7 mile circular walking routes starting in the villages of Leavenheath or Nayland. The route passes farmland, orchards and ancient tracks. You can download a copy here (not recently updated). 

Haverhill Country Walks - Free

A 6 mile circular walking route along old railway lines and adjacent to the river Stour before passing through the village of Kedington. You can download a copy here (not recently updated). 

Bures Arger Fen - Free

Circular walking routes through lowland farmland and passing through the historic village of Bures St Mary on the river Stour. Walk are 2,3 and 4 miles long. You can download a copy here (not recently updated). 

Glemsford - Free

2 and 5 mile circular walking routes, passing Tudor houses and includes panoramic views across the Stour valley. You can download a copy here (not recently updated). 

Kedington - Free

A 3 mile circular walking route through the ancient lanes around Kedington. The route passes by woodland, farmland and verges rich in wildflowers. You can download a copy here (not recently updated). 

Days out along the Stour Valley Path - Free

This series of itineraries cover convenient sections of the whole of the Stour Valley Path route. Each walk plan makes use of the best available transport services from conveniently placed starting points (not recently updated):


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