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Best campsites for the Dedham Vale AONB

Here is our pick of the Alan Rogers Assessors, expert-recommended campsites for the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is synonymous with pastoral England, a place where time seems to have stood still for a couple of centuries. It feels immediately familiar to any visitor who has seen such scenes in greetings cards and kitchen calendars, often courtesy of paintings by Constable and Gainsborough.

It's all utterly charming and bucolic, with peaceful villages, rolling agricultural land, meandering rivers and ancient meadows. But East Anglian grasslands have been severely depleted over the years, and some of the wildflower meadows of this AONB are uniquely precious.

It’s a small area of just 90 square kilometres, with historic towns like Colchester not far away. Take a walk along the riverbank, where the willows drape over the slow-moving waters or rent a row boat in Dedham and gently make your way past grazing cows at the water’s edge who calmly watch as you drift by. Of course, a visit to Flatford Mill, where Constable’s The Haywain was painted, is a must.

Top Dedham Vale AONB Camping Options

Polstead Country Park is a lovely touring park in the peaceful Suffolk countryside, in the heart of Constable Country, and is an ideal base from...

This well laid out, 25-acre park was opened in 2002. It is hidden from the road at the rear of Homestead Caravans’ sales area and...

Alton Water Campsite sits within the boundaries of the Reservoir - the largest water park in Suffolk. Why not wake up to the spectacular sight...