Liverpool Street Railway Station (meet by the ticket office) | Map
Guided by Hilary
Short version: If you haven't been, go...
Long version: Constable Country. Site of The Haywain, the river Stour, Dedham Lock. It's like spending the morning in a great painting. "Painting with me is another word for feeling, and I associate my careless boyhood with all that lies on the banks of the Stour; those scenes made me a painter," said Constable. Many of "those scenes" have survived. His friend Willy Lott's cottage is still there; his father's Flatford Mill is still there; the village of East Bergholt is as charming as the artist's studies of it in the Victoria & Albert Museum. Locks and staunches along the river are as creaking and slimy as when he spoke rapturously of their dripping greenness and tried to capture them on canvas. One can still reach the vantage point above Stratford St Mary from which he painted his 1805 and 1828 studies of Dedham Vale and see the church and its setting not too hideously distorted by the the ravages of time. So, yes, welcome into the frame of the Hay Wain, welcome to Constable Country , welcome to the archetypical English landscape.
And for a chaser – and they don't come any better – we'll explore the oldest town in Britain. Its Roman wall and gateway, its Norman castle (and the finest keep in England!)... Guided by Hilary OBE
We go to Constable Country & Colchester on TBA. Meet Hilary OBE at 9.15 am outside the ticket office of Liverpool Street Railway Station.
The Tariff (your train fare, a share of the coach fare, etc.) is £52. For the total cost of the trip just add the Tariff to the guide's fee.*
*The guide's fee for a Day Trip is £18 for adults. Or £16 for Super Adults (over 65s) and students. Or £14 for people with the London Walks Discount Card. Kids under 15 accompanied by their parent(s) go free.
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If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Constable Country & Colchester trip you could of course think about booking one as a private tour. Though it goes without saying that it's significantly more expensive* than going on one of the public tours. But if money's no object... If you go private you can have the Constable Country & Colchester Tour – or any other London Walk or Daytrip – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private tours and walks – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. Makes a fabulous wedding present or birthday gift or anniversary outing. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich. *Well, it is for a an individual or couple or a very small group. It isn't more expensive – indeed, a private tour is less expensive for a group of, say, 18+ people.
It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.
"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.