Originally Posted by debzie essex
As for your travelling around..try and get to Dedham and the Stour Valley. Its a real gem and very unphased by the trappings of modern life. No street lights, poor mobile signal, quaint tea rooms and pubs so give it a real taste of England as it was. Great scenery too as Constable used to paint here so get to his place at Flatford Mill. Towns like Colchester, Hadleigh, Manningtree are worth a visit in Essex too.
Had a lovely day last Fall doing this very thing on our drive/transfer to Harwich from London! We really enjoyed the countryside of Essex.
We arranged to meet up with a walking guide at the Red Lion Inn in East Bergholt & after a great lunch, we walked around Flatford & the Stour and saw many of the scenes (largely unchanged!) that Constable painted, also an overlook over Dedham Vale. After Flatford Mill, we went through Manningtree (home of the "Witchfinder General"), and saw the many, many swans at Mistley which we saw again later from the ship as we sailed from Harwich.
Do you know the type of trees we saw in this area from which cricket bats are made? Got a great picture of a whole stand of them, forgot the
type of tree. Very straight trunks.