A simple beginning AKA
don`t you dare use the `R` word on me Sir!
or short and sweet
A while ago ITV showed the 100 greatest walks in the UK, as I was watching the program I was mentally ticking off all the walks that I had already completed, there were the usual suspects Ben Nevis, Scafell, Helvellyn, Snowdon, but there were also some low level and close by (to me at least) walks in and around the Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Kent regions one of these walks was only 5 minutes away, so the question you`re probably asking yourself is why didn`t I get round to doing this walk earlier? simple answer, life just got in the way.
Eventually I found myself with a day to spare so I decided to finally get round to doing this walk, at only 11 km long the walk should have taken me around 2 and half hours to complete as it was it took me nearly 3 with breaks, the walk itself starts at Manningtree railway station and follows paths through Dedham vale to Flatford and past the cottage where the Hey wain was painted.
The walk started off on decent well maintained paths but soon turned into rough narrow tracks until reaching a section of river
the first stop I took was once I had reached Flatford mill now owned by the National Trust who not only look after the place but as is usual for them also set up a little cafe that will force you to remortgage your house for a bottle of water!
It was while I was here that I saw at least three kestrals hovering and hunting in the fields in front of me, following the path down and across a bridge led me onto some wider and well maintained footpaths leading through some woods and fields into Dedham itself
At this point the walk took me through a familar setting, a few years ago I paddled the stour and came to the same place
this is the mill that I had to portage round just taken from the other side, the walk now went through Dedham village itself, which itself is a little bit of tourist attraction. a brief walk through the town lead me to a business centre where we once again picked up footpaths and followed them back down to the river,
this walk is easy enough for most people and although the time stated is just over two hours, it is short enough that you wouldn`t have to worry too much about this and just take it at your leisure and enjoy the surroundings.
taken from ITV`s Britian`s 100 favourite walks (number 77)
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