Additional Guides

Once a year we produce a newspaper full of AONB, Partnership and community news. Our brand new, free AONB newspaper is now available to read online, or pick up a copy from locations around the area.

Plus, lots of great information and content, including:

  • Walking guides & maps
  • Visitor highlights
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Birds and wildlife
  • Farming projects
  • Nature recovery work
  • Updates from the RSPB, National Trust and more

Previous editions of the AONB newspaper

An image showing the Constable Country Visitor Guide Front Cover

A visitor’s guide to Constable Country in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is available to download (no print copies left). 

This popular guide was reprinted in March 2017, with thanks to the support of our sponsors..

“Welcome to this enchanting and tranquil corner of England. We invite you to savour all that it has to offer and help us ensure it remains unspoiled and as beautiful as it is today, for future generations to enjoy”.

Robert Erith TD DL, Chairman of the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Partnership

Use the Guide to learn about:

  • Constable Country – the area around East Bergholt, Flatford and Dedham
  • Our Cultural Connections – where artists and writers through the centuries have created some of their greatest work
  • The Great Outdoors – walking cycling, riding, fishing and more
  • Top Tips to help Keep It Special!

We are very proud of the sponsors of this guide, who have chosen to support their local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty:

Additional Visitor Guides

An image showing the front cover of the Visiting the Stour Valley visitor guide

Visit Stour Valley Visitor Guide

A trip to the Stour Valley offers something for everyone, from art heritage to foodie delights, and from archaeological exploration to walks and cycle rides around picturesque villages and countryside.

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Short Breaks in the Stour Valley Visitor Guide

Be inspired to take a staycation in the Stour Valley, with these suggestions on places to visit and things to do whether you have one, two or three days to explore.

Enjoying Safer Boating

This Environment Agency booklet is designed to illustrate how river activities can be enjoyed with minimum risk if the simple guidelines on safety are followed.

The Environment Agency is the navigation authority for the section of the River Stour that runs from Brundon Mill (upstream of Sudbury) to Cattawade (near Manningtree). Find out more in The River Stour Trust Navigation Guide

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A Practical Guide To The Management Of Elm Hedges

A practical guide to the management of elm hedges in South Suffolk and North Essex

An image showing the front cover of the Biodiversity Guide, with a bird on a post

Biodiversity Guide

This guide outlines the Project’s work with its partners to improve the habitats and conditions for key biodiversity species within the Stour Valley.

Nightingale on a branch

Waterbirds Study 2019

This short paper explores the importance and use of intertidal mudflats by a variety of birds between low and high tides on the Stour Valley.

Tiger Hill Local Nature Reserve

Tiger Hill Local Nature Reserve is located 5 miles south east of Sudbury in the District of Babergh, Suffolk and is made up of woodland, heathland and grassland.

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Easy Read Guides to the AONB

These two Easy Read guides are designed to make written information easier to understand. The two guides explain what an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is, and more about the Dedham Vale.

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