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Tour Statistics

Price Per Person: £440 (luxury B&Bs) - £486 (character hotels)

Start & Finish: Langham

Overnight Stops: Dedham, Shotley or Harwich, Hintlesham, Stoke by Nayland

Suitability: Beginner, Occasional Rider

Min - Max Total Tour Distance: 56 - 99 miles (90 - 158 km)

Min - Max Total Tour Ascent: 2100 - 4000 feet (640 - 1220 metres)

Offroad potential: Min 15 %; Max 19 %

Tour Overview

This tour takes you right round Constable Country, covering the Dedham Vale AONB area around the River Stour, and visiting many viewpoints used by John Constable for his best known local paintings. It explores the Shotley peninsula, giving some delightful views of the Stour and Orwell estuaries. It also ventures a little way into the rolling hills just north of Constable Country, visiting medieval Kersey and Boxford.

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Day 1 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Langham - Dedham

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 5 - 9 miles (8 - 14 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 100 - 200 feet (30 - 60 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 7% - 12%

Route Overview

A short warm-up ride. North from Langham via small country lanes to the lip of Dedham Vale. Then a meander east along the Stour Valley into Dedham village.

Points of Interest en-route

Visit peaceful 12th C Langham Church nestled on a wooded ridge above Dedham Vale. The tower was a viewpoint used by John Constable for several of his paintings.

Overnight Stop: Dedham

Recommended Accommodation Options

Character Inn/Hotel: Milsoms Hotel

Luxury B&B: Dedham Hall

Dinner Suggestions

Milsoms Restaurant.

Fountain House Restaurant at Dedham Hall.

Sun Inn on Dedham High Street opposite the Church.

Boathouse Restaurant on the banks of the River Stour.

Things to See or Do

Stroll along the banks of the Stour, or hire a rowing boat from the Boathouse.

Visit the Alfred Munnings Museum (check opening days) to admire his beautiful paintings and sculptures.

Browse in Dedham's quaint village shops and the Art & Craft Centre.

Day 2 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Dedham - Shotley or Harwich (via passenger foot ferry)

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 19 - 22 miles (30 - 35 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 800 - 900 feet (240 - 270 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 17% - 19%

Route Overview

East along Dedham Vale to the Stour Estuary. North East onto the Shotley peninsula, skirting the shores of Alton Water. Follow the ever narrowing taper of land eastwards out towards the very tip of the peninsula. Depending on choice of overnight accommodation, you can stay on the peaceful peninsula or take a short ferry trip over the water to the hustle & bustle of Old Harwich Port.

Points of Interest en-route

Visit scenes painted by John Constable at Bridge Cottage, Flatford Mill and Willy Lott's Cottage on the banks of the Stour.

Watch the watersports on Alton Water, or have a go at kayaking or paddleboarding.

Pause a moment at Erwarton village. The impressive Hall was occasional childhood home to Anne Boleyn, and the church next door houses a small casket alleged to contain her heart, buried there at her request.

Overnight Stop: Shotley or Harwich

Recommended Accommodation Options

Character Inn/Hotel: The Pier at Harwich

Luxury B&B: Maytrees near Woolverstone, or Hill House Farm near Shotley

(Maytrees is our recommended choice for convenient access to pubs for an evening meal. Hill House Farm has fabulous estuary views, but is rather remote, requiring a 1 hour walk or a £20 taxi fare to reach a pub for an evening meal).

Dinner Suggestions

The Pier Restaurants (Harwich)

Butt & Oyster riverside pub at Chelmondiston near Shotley

Things to See or Do

At Harwich, find a nice seat on the waterfront to watch the ships going in and out of Harwich & Felixstowe ports.

At Shotley, stroll down to the estuary and watch the birds coming in to roost in the evening.

Day 3 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Shotley or Harwich - Hintlesham

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 16 - 20 miles (26 - 32 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 600 - 800 feet (180 - 240 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 18% - 25%

Route Description

Northwest along the eastern shores of the Orwell Estuary, turning inland just before the Orwell Bridge which marks the southern edge of Ipswich. Then northwest across gently rolling farmland to reach Hintlesham.

Points of Interest en-route

Pause awhile at picturesque Pin Mill with its marina, houseboats and pub on the estuary shore.

Admire the sweeping curves of the mighty Orwell Bridge.

Give in to gastronomic temptation at The Suffolk Food Hall or Jimmy's Farm.

Overnight Stop: Hintlesham

Recommended Accommodation Option

Character Inn/Hotel: Hintlesham Hall

Luxury B&B: Hintlesham Hall

Dinner Suggestions

Hintlesham Hall Restaurant

The George Pub

Things to See or Do

Book in for a round of golf at Hintlesham Golf Club.

Take a peaceful stroll round the nearby Wolves Wood RSPB reserve.

 

Day 4 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Hintlesham - Stoke by Nayland

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 16 - 23 miles (26 - 37 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 600 - 900 feet (180 - 270 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 13% - 16%

Route Description

West towards Hadleigh, entering it via a delightful old railway trail. Northwest to Kersey, southwest to Boxford, southeast to Polstead. Then southwest across the narrow River Box valley to reach Stoke by Nayland.

Points of Interest en-route

Explore Hadleigh's bustling high street with its many fine medieval buildings and traditional shops.

Be sure to get your camera out in tiny Kersey, one of the most photographed villages in England. Hopefully the ducks will be on duty at the ford in the middle of the high street!

Linger awhile in beautiful Polstead village to admire some of the fabulous medieval houses, or take a refreshment stop at The Cock Inn next to the village green.

Overnight Stop: Stoke by Nayland

Recommended Accommodation Options

Character Inn/Hotel: Crown Inn

Luxury B&B: Poplars Farmhouse

Dinner Suggestions

Crown Inn restaurant

Angel Inn restaurant

Things to See or Do

Explore 15th century St Marys Church in its splendid hilltop setting (a favourite John Constable subject, used in several of his paintings).

Visit nearby Stoke by Nayland club for a round of golf or a luxury spa treatment.

 

Day 5 Itinerary

Start - Finish: Stoke by Nayland - Langham

Min - Max Cycling Distance: 0 - 25 miles (0 - 40 km)

Min - Max Ascent: 0 - 1100 feet (0 - 340 metres)

Min - Max Offroad: 0% - 18%

Route Description

Southwest and steeply downhill to Nayland. Then, depending on fitness and time availability, the option for a short scenic loop westwards along the idyllic Stour valley, before climbing south out of the valley to return to Langham.

Points of Interest en-route

Pedal slowly along the beautifully preserved medieval high street of Nayland village. If your timing is right you may see Suffolk Punches ploughing the local fields.

Watch activities at the busy Essex and Suffolk gliding club at Wormingford ( or even pre-book a trial flight!).

Visit Dedham Vale Vineyard and take a tour to learn about the winemaking process.