Bures Hamlet - Stour Valley Way - Wiston - Bures Hamlet

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This walk starts from Bures Hamlet and follows the valley of the River Stour initially, before climbing to the little village of Wormingford. John Constable was born in Bures and several members of his family are buried in the churchyard at Wormingford. Considering this is East Anglia, there is a remarkable degree of undulation and the rising and falling countryside, whilst adding to the strenuousness of the walk, makes for excellent views throughout. From Wormingford you continue through the little hamlet of Wiston, then follow a more northerly ridge back, finally using part of the St Edmund Way to descend once again to Bures.

England - East England - Essex - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife
23/04/2019 - Sid Marks

This is a lovely walk despite a lot of uphill walking in the 1st 4 miles.Beautiful countryside,really enjoyed this walk,made it around 10 miles too. As others have pointed out there are a few changes needed in the directions. At waymark 2 the path now follows the left side of the field instead of diagonally.Exit the field,turn right,then left at the fork heading towards the mill. At waymark 25,there is no right turn by the seat,go ahead through the gate and turn left heading uphill to a kissing gate,turn right and continue the walk At waymark 26 at the end of the trees you need to turn right to a stile,cross it and turn left and follow it to the stile on the left where the ditch is.Also Farthing Hall is on the right,not the left. At waymark 29 when turn right at the fork the path leading across the cultivated field is 30 yards down on the left.

14/11/2016 - Kevin Hilton

Over the years we have enjoyed many of Brian and Anne's walks in East Anglia, but this has to be one of the best. A delightful circuit on the edge of the Dedham Vale AONB. 5 stars from us. Thank you Brian and Anne.

28/08/2016 - ruth day

We did this walk on 11/05/2016, we had the same problem as others at point 25 go straight on do not go left like we did, it was an unnecessary diversion. Point 27 Dead Lane this was a most unpleasant track basically a quagmire of mud, apart from this it was a varied, pleasant and interesting walk in an area we had not been to before.

18/04/2015 - David Williams

We did this lovely walk on the hottest day of the year, so far ! The views are great, well worth doing for the views alone. We saw deer and some nice birds and flowers. The phone box at waypoint 23 is no longer there, but will not cause a navigation issue. The two styles on section 25 have now been replaced by gates, which is great. A well described walk. Many thanks to Brian and Anne for posting an excellent walk.

22/06/2008 - Paul Woodgate

Beautiful walk in glorious sunshine (22 June '08); saw deer, a grass snake and a heron. The signpost at section 19 was down and the path across the field could be easily missed. Section 25 remains a little confusing; our only advice is to stay on the cut track as it meanders for quite a way through the wood, and the pond with the seat is currently obscured by foliage. Other than that, superb!

18/10/2007 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thank you to Adrian Perkins for amending and updating this walk; he wrote "But it was a gorgeous walk!".