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Day Trail Guide - Downstream from Sudbury

This trail meanders along the unspoilt rural valley of the River Stour, passing right through the heart of Constable Country before reaching the sea at Manningtree.

The trail guide provides options to ride between 15 and 50 miles according to fitness and time availability. The route uses quiet country lanes, with no use of A or B roads ( except for a couple of unavoidable crossings). Alternatively you can elect to use off-road tracks and bridleways for up to half of the route.


The itinerary for all 4 versions of the trail includes:

- gentle farming country on the southern slopes of the Stour Valley, offering lovely views across the river floodplain below.

- peaceful pedalling along leafy lanes through riverside meadows to the medieval village of Nayland where you may be lucky enough to see traditional ploughing by Suffolk Punch horses.

- a visit to the classic Constable Country village of Dedham (cream teas and riverside duck-feeding are optional but highly recommended).


Longer versions of the trail also include some or all of the following:

- a meander through the pretty rural hamlets of Great Henny and Little Henny.

- a climb north out of the valley to the beautiful village of Stoke by Nayland and its iconic hilltop church spire.

- a climb south out of the valley to secretive Wormingford, and just beyond, the small airfield used by the Suffolk & Essex gliding club.

- a stop at Flatford Mill to see the unspoilt riverside scenes painted by John Constable.



This trail guide is available free of charge when you hire a bike from Coolpedals.

It's also available for online purchase, in a range of digital and hardcopy formats, via the button below.


PRICING Format Format Format
Trail Version Bronze Silver / Silver GPS Gold / Gold GPS
Beginner £1.75 £3.75 £11.75 (OS Explorer 196)
Occasional Rider £2.00 £4.50 £12.50 (OS Explorer 196)
Regular Rider £2.25 £5.25 £13.25 (OS Explorer 196)
Energetic Rider £2.50 £6.00 £14.00 (OS Explorer 196)



deer in wheatfield green lane near Stoke by Nayland
levington church kersey high street