Stour Valley & Dedham Vale

At the end of the last Ice Age, the glaciers deposited thick sheets of terminal moraine over South Suffolk. Since then rivers such as the Stour have cut wide valleys giving us the attractive Dedham Vale.

There are really only three ways to see the Vale in its natural glory:

A view of the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale
A view over Dedham Vale from the road. Can you make out the church tower at Dedham?

Compare this with Constable's painting. Do you think Constable placed his easel on this very spot? The answer is 'Certainly not!' Dedham Vale was painted from the top of Gun Hill and so is looking in exactly the opposite direction. If you look in the background of Constable's picture you will see the Stour leading down to Harwich

Constable's Dedham Vale

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