Flatford Mill

Beautiful river walk with Tea Rooms & Museum – Dedham to Flatford or vice versa. In the heart of Constable Country

Ok, just about dipping our toes into Essex but it still feels like Suffolk and it’s only 20 minutes down the road from Woodfarm Barns and a real hit with many of our holiday cottage guests

Flatford Mill is accessible by road and has a car park. It’s owned by the National Trust so if you’re not a member, it’s about £3 to park. It’s also accessible by foot along the river from Dedham, which is a gorgeous 25 minute walk (pay & display)

Only 21  miles from Woodfarm

Where is it:

The Granary

Where on the web:



01206 298260 (Bridge Cottage)


Most days 10.30 til 5.30

A bit more information ....

It’s very unspoilt here, though it is a really popular tourist destination. There is a small John Constable museum as this truly is the heart of Constable Country. It’s the setting for many of his famous paintings including the Haywain. It’s idyllic here and even being a local, it’s still one of my favourite places to go, which I do on a regular basis

‘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.

You can choose a gentle stroll or take to the river Stour, either in a rowing boat or there are motor-boat tours, which pootle along. I also kayak along here and whilst that’s bordering on the energetic, it’s still and incredibly relaxing way to spend an afternoon

As well as the breathtaking views and the museum there is also a National Trust tea room, which is very modern and has great seating along the banks of the river, inside and out

For more info, directions etc, have a look at the details for Bridge Cottage on the National Trust website
Posted by Carl Scott