This excursion will be back soon. In the meantime we’d be happy to organise a private tour for you. Please contact us on 020 7624 3978 | privatewalks@walks.com to make a booking.

Constable Country & Colchester

Liverpool Street railway station, London

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

CONSTABLE COUNTRY TOUR – THE PRACTICALS

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.

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of London walks it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Constable Country & Colchester walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.

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