Dedham Vale – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

We are very fortunate to have not one but two of Englands 33 AONB’s right on our doorstep

The Dedham Vale and Stour Valley sits on the Suffolk/ Essex border. The gentle River Stour (so good we named a barn after it) and its hedged water meadows, copses and riverbank willows, form a landscape, widely thought to represent the best of the farmed English countryside

Lots of rambling meadows, rolling fields and abundant open marshland, many of which are recognised the world over as ‘Constable Country’ with nearby Flatford and Dedham, arguably being the jewel in the crown of this beautiful area

The designated area goes from Manningtree, through the aforementioned, to Bures

Only 12 (to Dedham)  miles from Woodfarm

Where is it:

Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley Project
c/o Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road

Where on the web:


01473 264263



A bit more information ....

There's lots of water activities in the area from Dedham and Flatford and also the restored Stour Lighter (barge) that operates from Sudbury. Also, rowing boat hire from Dedham Boathouse or Flatford (different operators so it’s a there and back thing not a one way hire). Also, guided Canadian Canoe trips of the river from River Stour Boating are great

‘Constable Country’ is part of the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – a national landscape designation and part of the protected landscapes ‘family’ along with National Parks

Similarly, the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, which we have a separate post about and with lots more on the website along with some great downloadable walks (called Explorer guides) for all of the main visitor destinations such as Snape, Aldeburgh, Walberswick etc. etc. The patch covers from Kessingland down to the Shotley peninsula, and all of the Heritage Coast - see their project on the go at the moment for lots more about the Heritage Coast -
Posted by Carl Scott