Pre-order – The Only Way in Essex

Dedham Vale, Essex

Signature Hikes
11.7 km walk (3 hrs)  
all year round

Essential pack

map + guide delivered to your door (see details)

Gift pack

map + guide + patch + compass delivered in a beautiful gift box (see details)delivered in 1-3 business days
LDN Liverpool Street > Manningtree Station ( 🚆 +/- 1hr) Manningtree Station > Liverpool Street ( 🚆 +/- 1hr)
Fred B-C

New Signature Hike available for pre-order. Orders will be shipped in the first week of April.


Just one hour on the train from London, this circular route weaves its way along the Essex-Suffolk border, amongst the stunning landscapes of Constable Country and Dedham Vale. Starting at Manningtree Station, the route encompasses all the best parts of the area. The first half of the hike meanders alongside the banks of the beautiful River Stour, taking you past historic Flatford. There is a lot to see in this beautiful hamlet, including Willy Lott’s Cottage, made famous by John Constable’s painting The Hay Wain.

After Flatford, you then have the perfect chance to take the plunge! Fen Bridge is our recommended spot for a refreshing wild swim, or a sit-down if you ‘forgot’ your kit! Dedham village then appears at just the right time for lunch, the halfway point. With plenty of options for a pitstop, you can either treat yourself to a delicious pub lunch or pick the perfect spot for a picnic. The rest of the route is easy walking, heading along The Essex Way and back to Manningtree Station. This hike is a perfect all-rounder with a beautiful route, steeped in culture.

Curator: Fred Bonham Carter


• Exploring the land that inspired artist John Constable

• Wild swimming in the River Stour

• Enjoying a refreshment in beautiful Dedham

• Following the best of The Essex Way


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