The Stour Valley and Dedham Vale are recognised as areas of outstanding beauty both of which are on the doorstep or should I say platform step of Manningtree station!
In the Guardian Saturday 30th January 2021 Kevin Rushby wrote an article about 10 UK places to find peace and solitude. It was great to read that the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale were in the list.
Kevin wrote ……”the seeker of serenity could do worse than select a decent guru to follow and John Constable (1776-1837) might be a good candidate. The artist’s own hope was to depict “the calm sunshine of the heart” a delightful meditative ambition in an era of revolution and war. He particularly associated peacefulness with Suffolk’s Stour valley. These days the looping walk upriver from Manningtree to Dedham and back still gives plenty of the natural landscapes and birdsong that Constable knew, including Flatford Mill, once owned by Constable’s father and painted by the son several times.”
Even if you can’t get to do the walk you could simply admire Constable’s paintings online in Tate Britain.