Visit The Landscapes That Inspired John Constable
Whether you pick up a paint brush, or your camera, there’s plenty to see and inspire on the Essex and Suffolk border. This is Constable Country after all!
John Constable is today regarded as one of England’s greatest painters, but this was not always the case. Although his artwork now receives wide spread acclaim, it was not very popular in his lifetime in England. Famous for his landscapes like The Haywain, Stratford Mill, and The Cornfield, Constable’s work has inspired generation after generation of visitors and tourists to visit ‘Constable Country’, the artist’s birthplace, and see what inspired his paintings. Will you be the next to explore this beautiful area on the Essex and Suffolk border?
Walk Through Constable Country
The internet is a great source of knowledge for hikers and ramblers, and we’ve found an easy walk that takes you through 3.7 miles of Constable Country. In 1 hour 30 minutes you’ll ramble along roads, field paths, and through riverside meadows, all of which look similar to when he painted them. You’ll pass by Flatford Mill, once owned by Constable’s Father, look across the Mill Pond to the cottage that was a focal point in ‘The Haywain’, and stand in the places where the artist produced some of his paintings.
Don’t miss Bridge Cottage, a 16th century building owned by the National Trust, which has a free to view exhibition on the artist and his paintings. There’s also team rooms serving light lunches and snacks. The National Trust offer summer walks from their Bridge Cottage site, so you can see all the sights, and find out more about the paintings from an art expert.
Enjoy More Of Constable Country
If you’re looking for some extra activities, then why not stop off at the 40 acre Dedham Vale Vineyard. Spend some time on a self-guided tour or wine tasting, and look out for the trails that run through meadows, woodland, and around lakes on the site.
Bike Owners will love the Dedham Vale. Designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers up to 7 different routes past photogenic views, and plenty of sites of historical importance. You could pick from any of the routes, such as the 14 Mile Dedham Route, or link them together for a challenging long distance ride.
If you stop off anywhere during your visit to Constable Country, then Dedham is a must-see. The pretty village centre houses the historic Essex Rose Tearooms, now part of the Tiptree family, and the Dedham Art & Craft Centre, featuring work/products from 60 artisans and craft suppliers.
Where To Stay
Self-catering in Braintree can be a great option if you are looking for the convenience of a town centre location, with easy access to all Constable Country has to offer. A central location means Panfield House is within easy reach of Braintree train station for connections to London Liverpool Street, and here’s a few other travel related facts for you:
London to Braintree is roughly 53.1 miles by road, which takes approximately 1hr 13 minutes.
Dedham Vale to Braintree is 22.4 miles, approximately 33 minutes away.
There’s also good connections to Stansted Airport, which is roughly 25 minutes and 17 miles away.
Along with good connections, Panfield offers short-term lets that are ideal for commuters or tourists having a quick break. The well-kept, modern self-catering cottage has a lot of charm, and privacy. It sleeps 2 people in either a king size or twin beds, has a daily maid service, and is equipped with Wi-Fi, flat screen TV’s, underfloor heating, and a full kitchen if you decide to eat in.
Take a chance on Braintree, be inspired by Constable Country, and you’ll have a mix that will make for an interesting stay.