Beginner 4 Day Tour (Route B)

Tour Overview

This tour takes you right round Constable Country, covering all of the designated Dedham Vale AONB area around the River Stour, and visiting many viewpoints used by John Constable for his best known local paintings. It also includes a circumnavigation of the Shotley peninsula, giving some delightful views of the Stour and Orwell estuaries.

Tour Data

Price Per Person: £367 (luxury B&Bs) - £405 (character hotels)

Start & Finish: Langham

Overnight Stops: Dedham, Woolverstone or Harwich, Hintlesham

Suitability: Beginner, Occasional Rider

Min - Max Total Tour Distance: 40 - 75 miles

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Day One

Start - Finish: Langham - Dedham

Min - Max Distance: 5 - 9 miles

Route Overview

A short warm up ride. North from Langham via small country lanes to the lip of Dedham Vale. Then a meander east along the Stour Valley into Dedham village.

Points of Interest en-route

Visit peaceful 12th C Langham Church nestled on a wooded ridge above Dedham Vale. The tower was a viewpoint used by John Constable for several of his paintings.

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Evening One

Character Inn/Hotel: Milsoms Hotel

Luxury B&B: Dedham Hall

Things to Do

Stroll along the banks of the Stour, or hire a rowing boat from the Boathouse. Visit the Alfred Munnings Museum (check opening days) to admire his beautiful paintings and sculptures. Browse in Dedham's quaint village shops and the Art & Craft Centre.

Dinner Suggestions

Milsoms Restaurant.

Fountain House Restaurant at Dedham Hall.

Sun Inn on Dedham High Street opposite the Church.

Boathouse Restaurant on the banks of the River Stour.

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Day Two

Start - Finish: Dedham - Hintlesham

Min - Max Distance: 19 - 22 miles

Route Overview

East along Dedham Vale to Flatford Mill. North East onto the Shotley peninsula, skirting the shores of Alton Water. Depending on choice of overnight accommodation, you can stay on the peaceful peninsula or take a short ferry trip over the water to the hustle & bustle of Old Harwich Port.

Points of Interest en-route

Visit scenes painted by John Constable at Bridge Cottage, Flatford Mill and Willy Lott's Cottage on the banks of the Stour.

Pause a moment at Erwarton village. The impressive Hall was occasional childhood home to Anne Boleyn, and the church next door houses a small casket alleged to contain her heart, buried there at her request.

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Evening Two

Character Inn/Hotel: The Pier at Harwich

Luxury B&B: Maytrees B&B

Things to Do

Find some time to sit and relax next to the estuary and watch the birdlife or boatlife.

Dinner Suggestions

The Pier Restaurants (Harwich)

Butt & Oyster riverside pub at Pin Mill

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Day Three

Start - Finish: Harwich or Woolverstone - Hintlesham

Min - Max Distance: 16 - 20 miles

Route Overview

Northwest along the western shores of the Orwell Estuary, turning inland just before the Orwell Bridge which marks the southern edge of Ipswich. Then northwest across gently rolling farmland to reach Hintlesham.

Points of Interest en-route

Pause awhile at picturesque Pin Mill with its marina, houseboats and pub on the estuary shore.

Admire the sweeping curves of the mighty Orwell Bridge.

Give in to gastronomic temptation at The Suffolk Food Hall or Jimmy's Farm.

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Evening Three

Character Inn/Hotel: Hintlesham Hall

Luxury B&B: Hintlesham Hall

Things to Do

Book in for a round of golf at Hintlesham Golf Club.

Take a peaceful stroll round the nearby Wolves Wood RSPB reserve.

Dinner Suggestions

Hintlesham Hall Restaurant or Lounge Bar

The George Pub

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Day Four

Start - Finish: Hintlesham Hall - Langham

Min - Max Distance: 0 - 24 miles

Route Overview

West towards Hadleigh, entering it via a delightful old railway trail. Southwest across the beautiful Brett Valley before a steady climb up to Polstead. Southeast to Thorington Street, then south through Boxted to return to Langham.

Points of Interest en-route

Explore Hadleigh's bustling high street with its many fine medieval buildings and traditional shops.

Linger awhile in beautiful Polstead village to admire some of the fabulous medieval houses, or take a refreshment stop at The Cock Inn next to the village green.

Visit Dedham Vale Vineyard and take a tour to learn about the winemaking process.