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Wakefield to Constable country

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Wakefield to Constable country

I will be staying at a friend close to Wakefield over the Christmas period for two weeks. We would like to take either a coach tour which would include the hotel or else just a coach to Constable country and back again. I have found two counties boasting the Hay Wain - Essex and Suffolk - and I cannot figure out in which of these counties the Hay Wain is. Can anyone give me some idea of how we can spend a few days in that area departing from Wakefield at the end of December?

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1. Re: Wakefield to Constable country

OK, so Constable lived in Dedham, Essex but The Haywain depicts the River Stour in Suffolk. It's all collectively known as Constable Country:

http://www.constablecountry.co.uk/

The website should help you plan your trip to one of the prettiest parts of rural England.

You will likely need to travel via London, so can do a few sights there too.

Enjoy!

Edited: 21 July 2012, 19:37
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2. Re: Wakefield to Constable country

Constable was born and spent the earlier part of his life in East Bergholt, Suffolk, where he also had his studio. Some of his more famous paintings are of various places in Dedham Vale, which straddles the Suffolk and Essex border and is just south of East Bergholt.

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3. Re: Wakefield to Constable country

I should have added that the largest collection of Constable's paintings outside London is to be found in Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, which is about eight miles north of East Bergholt.

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4. Re: Wakefield to Constable country

Perhaps this might also help,

guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/jun/06/walking-gu…

http://thesuninndedham.com/index.html

and, not forgetting the great 20c painter, Munnings which is a main reason to visit Dedham.

http://www.siralfredmunnings.co.uk/

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5. Re: Wakefield to Constable country

From the above messages, I'd advise you to post your queries to the respective areas.

Also, from Wakefield, I wouldn't look at coach tours, as they will be few and far between, but look at getting a train from Wakefield Westgate, to somewhere that a tour may pick you up.

Finally, the chances of "tours" actually being available when most of the UK wants to be on holiday over the Christmas Period is slim at best.

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6. Re: Wakefield to Constable country

We did an absolutely wonderful day trip from London to Colchester (via train and then rented a car) and "Constable Country" a few years ago. We had the assistance of friends who were from Colchester.....thankfully!

There were portions of the walk to Flatford Mill that still looked exactly like Constable paintings....

I'll post the links I found helpful in hope that they might assist you~

beenthere-donethat.org.uk/manningtreewalk.ht…

www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org/text.asp…

frommers.com/destinations/…0508010001.html

information-britain.co.uk/famousplaces.php…

dedhamvalestourvalley.org/uploads/CoCoItiner…

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7. Re: Wakefield to Constable country

From Wakefield take train into London - they come into Kings X

http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/

Take the Tube - Circle Line/Metropolitan or Hammersmith and City Lines from there to Liverpool Street

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

From Liverpool Street take train to Manningtree

http://www.greateranglia.co.uk/

You can then walk the 'Painters Trail' which will take you to Flatford Mill and many other iconic sites that John Constable painted

Lots of useful information here:

visitessex.com/discover/rural/ConstableCount…

December, though, is not really the best time to be slogging around the countryside, but it is do-able (barring blizzards and floods) if you put your mind to it!

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8. Re: Wakefield to Constable country

Thanks for all your replies especially M4RKM who reminded us that coaches, buses and trains will be few and far between during the Christmas season which we had found out 2 years ago ( and conveniently forgotten) when we were stranded at Windermere Train Station on Boxing Day with no transport to take us to out hotel. We had to trudge through 2 feet of snow draging our suitcases behind us for an hour and a half. It was no mean feat I can tell you! So, thanks to all your suggestions, we have rented a car for that period because we think that this is the ideal solution as we can go where we want to when we want to. Cheers and thanks again all of you!

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