The Sudbury Water Meadows
Sudbury - All Year Round
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Sudbury’s renowned water meadows are perhaps the jewel in the town’s crown and have been immortalised by the works of Gainsborough and Constable. The meadows are carefully maintained by the Sudbury Common Lands Charity. Having never been ploughed to grow arable crops or treated with chemical fertiliser the meadows, which are dissected by the meandering River Stour, provide a stunning backdrop to the town with a rich source of wild flowers, insects, birds and mammals. Cattle continue to graze on the meadows to this day and are often seen wandering freely through the fields and across the waters – making for fabulous photo opportunities. One of the best ways to enjoy the meadows and the affiliated delights is via the 3½-mile Meadow Walk.