Stour Nav­i­ga­tion, Suf­folk and Es­sex

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover | Canal Walks -

Best for: Artis­tic in­spi­ra­tion While canals in other parts of the coun­try were all about pow­er­ing the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion, in the east they were fo­cused on agri­cul­ture. Beamy (ywide) boats pro­pelled by sail and horse took pro­duce from farms down to the sea for on­ward trans­port to London. Hay and straw for the cap­i­tal’s horse-pow­ered trans­port was a ma­jor cargo, as was the ma­nure and hu­man ‘night soil’ brought back to spread on the fields.

Walk the foot­path from Man­ningtree on a seven-mile round trip through Flat­ford and Ded­ham and you’ll en­ter a wa­ter­scape lit­tle changed since John Con­sta­ble painted here in the late 18th cen­tury. Walk­ing be­side the Stour con­nects you to the lo­ca­tions of many of his most fa­mous works, in­clud­ing The White Horse, Boat Build­ing and Flat­ford Mill. And with Flat­ford be­ing a Na­tional Trust prop­erty, there’s a good tea­room, too.

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