An early start saw a small group assembling at Liverpool Street for the train to Manningtree for a circular walk through Constable country. It was a fine day for a pleasant walk through the countryside and villages painted by John Constable. At Dedham we paused for a lunch break beside the river Stour where we watched the boats taking visitors on a pleasure trip. From here it was across the fields towards Flatford where we took a diversion to East Bergholt to see the church and the bells which are housed separately in the bell house. Outside the pub we found Morris dancing in progress and were pleased to find a former Red Rope member, Miriam who now lives in the village, among the dancers. After welcome tea and cake in the village teashop we made our way back to Flatford Mill, where we were glad to avoid the crowds there. Then it was back to Manningtree for the train, and a slow journey home due to delays. It was a most enjoyable day out.