St Edmund Way: Day 1 - Manningtree to Nayland  
Date: 25th September 2018 Distance: 23.8km (14.78 Mile) Parking: N/A
Start Location: Manningree Ascent (m/ft): 185m (607ft) Weather:


Time Started: 10:10 Highest Point: N/A Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 6 Hours 22 Minutes        
Route: St Edmund Way - Part 1
Manningtree Station - Cattawade Marshes - Flatford Mill - River Stour - Dedham - Stratford St Mary - Broomhouse - River Stour - Eastfields Farm - Scotland Street - Stoke By Nayland - Poplar Farm - Nayland

I've set out a task for the remaining months of the year, and seeing as I completed the Stour Valley Path earlier in the year, the task involves completing another long distance trail that is local to me to warm me up more for the longer and more distant trails.

The walk is the St Edmund Way, an 80 mile long distance trail starting at Manningtree and ending at Brandon. This is the first part, a 15 mine section from Manningtree to Nayland through the heart of the Dedham Vale AONB.

This is it... the start of a brand new long distance trail. The St Edmund Way starts off at Manningtree train station so I got the train here from Sudbury and will use a fair amount of public transport to egt to the start of each day. This is the first of the trail markers.

The first major landmark is Flatford Mill 1.5 Miles away.

Heading under the railway...

The spectacular RSPB Cattawade Marshes on the approach to Flatford.

The River Stour which I will be following for the first 30 miles.

Entering Dedham Vale.

Beautiful day to be walking the route.

Arriving at Flatford.

I took a detour over the footbridge to Flatford Mill.

Willy Lotts Cottage.

Flatford Mill.

Following the River Stour.

Calm waters allowing for beautiful reflections.

A large pond making good feeding grounds for plenty of birds (They were all at the other end!)

Up into the gentle hills before Stoke by Nayland.

Scotland Place.

A superb view across the Box Valley to the hills on the other side.

Stoke by Nayland Church.

The path to Nayland.

At Nayland awaiting the bus back to Sudbury.