Accessible Routes

A bridge

The Dedham Vale National Landscape and Stour Valley is a rural, working and living landscape that has some of the most breathtaking scenery in England.

There are a number of public transport links connecting the area to towns in Suffolk and Essex, such as Ipswich, Colchester and Manningtree.

The Way to Go Suffolk website is a great way to plan your journeys in and around Suffolk on public transport, with the TravelEssex app offering the same service for Essex.

Whilst there are some locations that are harder to access due to their remote locations, there are several accessible routes that are suitable for wheelchair users and buggies, some purpose-built.

You can find out more by exploring the fantastic Discover Suffolk guides below, or by downloading the free Discover Suffolk app.

Accessible Routes

Clare Castle Country Park

Open 365 days a year with parking, onsite toilets, a café, Victorian railway buildings and the remains of a castle keep on a 60ft high motte overlooking the town, there are a number of trails around the Park, including a designated accessible trail.


Flatford lies in the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale and this charming hamlet was the inspiration for some of John Constable's masterpieces, including the Hay Wain.


Lavenham is one of the best-preserved and once wealthiest towns in Tudor England, including the stunning National Trust-owned Guildhall.


An inspiring landscape once home to Constable and Gainsborough, the walk in Sudbury follows part of the former Great Eastern Railway, a line that once linked Colchester with Bury St Edmunds.

Discover Suffolk

Discover Suffolk is Suffolk County Council’s guide to getting outdoors, promoting walking, running, cycling and exploring in the county.

They have developed some Easy Access Trails which have been carefully assessed by a team of disabled volunteers and are suitable for all.

Download their free app and explore guides, promoted trails & easy access routes.

Exploring the area car-free

Despite being a rural and working landscape, there are train stations in the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley that are only a healthy walk away from some of the area’s most popular attractions and destinations.

To help you get the best out of your visit to Constable Country, please consider arriving in the area by public transport. We’ve put together three different walks of greatly varying distances, all starting at train stations in the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley.