Bentley - East End - Flatford Mill - Bentley

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This walk of easy gradients explores part of the Stour Valley and uses woodland tracks, field-paths and green lanes to visit Flatford Mill, with its Constable connotations. It touches East Bergholt, where John Constable was born in 1776. Flatford Mill, where there is a field study centre, is much visited, so for folk-free photographs like mine it is probably best avoided at weekends in high summer!

Go in the right season and the blackberries throughout this walk are absolutely gorgeous!

Information for Dog Owners: subject to the normal precautions to be observed by dog-owners when walking in sheep country, this walk is considered suitable for biddable dogs.

England - East England - Suffolk - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Museum, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
9/12/2019 - Sid Marks

What a lovely walk this,highly recommended.A couple of updates which are,at waymark 7,the telephone box has now gone.At waymark 9,the route has changed.After turning right along the concrete area,continue on the grassy path to a gravel track.Turn left here.As you reach a sign saying "NO PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY" Turn right across the field " No visible path" to a gap in the hedge.Go through and bear half left on a ploughed field to a stile in the far corner.Cross stile into the meadow and resume the walk as per instructions.At waymark 14,you turn right to emerge at Willie Lot's cottage,not left.At waymark 18 after turning right at the poplars,follow the path to a field corner,here you turn right along the field edge to reach the lane.At waymark 24,you cross the entrance to a timber yard before going through the wooden gate.

2/19/2016 - Alan and Jackie Bennett

Slightly boggy in places but overall a great walk even in winter. Mapmywalk reckons it is just over 14K but well worth it and I imagine even better in the summer. Easy to follow instructions, highly recommended.

6/5/2015 - Kevin Hilton

Having walked in this area many times, I have to say that this is one of the finest local walks I have done. Many thanks to Tony for coming up with this terrific route which has a bit of everything. After 8 miles, we were sorry to be back at the car. Pick a sunny day and enjoy.

1/4/2015 - Judy Brua

This is a lovely walk and the directions are very accurate. At Waymark 10 you have about 300 metres on a moderately busy road, and you repeat this coming back - you might not want to do this with young children. At Flatford Mill, (Waymark 16) - go about 100 metres beyond the signed footpath on the right to get to Bridge Cottage - a lovely view over the river.