Stour Valley Path | Day 5
Date: 20th July 2018 Distance: 19.1km (11.86 Miles) Parking: N/A
Start Location: Stoke by Nayland Ascent (m/ft): 90m (295ft) Weather:

Sunny, Hot 23C

Time Started: 07:30 Highest Point: N/A Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 5 Hours 34 Minutes        
Route: Stour Valley Path - Day 5
Stoke by Nayland - Valley Farm - Bobwrights Farm - Snow Hill Lane - Langham Mill Lane - Stratford St Mary - River Stour - Dedham Bridge - Fen Bridge - Flatford Mill - Cattawade Marshes - B1070 - Cattawade Picnic Site - Manningtree Station

My final day along the Stour Valley Path passing some of the loveliest scenery so far along the entire route. A long section of riverbank walking allows time to reflect on the walk since Newmarket and the Dedham Vale AONB really allows for a stunning finish along this long distance path.


The church at Stoke by Nayland.

Leaving the village for open countryside.


A distant view to Stoke by Nayland Church.


Following two Long Distance Paths at the moment. The St Edmund Way is on the list of paths to do...

Open countryside along the Stour Valley Path.

Slightly hilly around this part.

A large wildlife area just before Stratford St Mary.

The River Stour.

Now entering Stratford St Mary.

Dedham Mill.


Following the riverbank past Dedham.


I think this is East Bergholt Hall.

Entering the National Trust Dedham Vale.

Not far to Flatford Mill now!

The River Stour just near Flatford.


Local wildlife on the river.

River trips along the Stour.

Flatford Bridge.

The stunning Flatford Mill.

Willy Lotts House opposite the mill. From here its a short walk along the RSPB Cattawade Marshes to the end of the route.

This is the park at the end of the Stour Valley Path. Route Complete!

Time for a sit down?
Cattawade Picnic Site. Its no the most amazing end point to the walk and you have no real idea how close you are to the estuary so I continued over to the estuary just a few hundred metres away before heading to the train station in Manningtree.

The Stour Estuary.

The very end of the Stour and the end of my walk.