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Can anyone think of any nice photo locations (more or less) along the route from the M25 to Harwich?
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Its a little bit of a detour but there is some nice little opportunities in and around Walton-on-the-naze. I been there once but there weather was poor but on a nice day would make some great photos.
Hope this helps.
I don't know the area, but the ePHOTOzine gallery Map view has lots of photos on route
Neither do I know the area, but not too far from Colchester, which is on your route, is Flatford Mill at East Bergholt.
Might be too many tourists there though
Walton-on-the-Naze, hmmm, I'd wondered about that area - I expect to have hours left before having to check in at Harwich, so it's a possibility.
And of course, the map view - haven't used that for a while, but definitely worth a look.
Oh, and a mill, I like mills.
Conrad, you will no doubt soon discover, if not already, that Flatford Mill is rather famous / special
The Constable connection is what you mean, I suppose? (I googled it...) Hmmm. Hard to do it as much justice as Constable did it, probably. (Oh well. I suppose one should put that kind of thoughts out of his mind. Otherwise I wouldn't photograph a lot of locations.)
Walton is nice enough - some unusual sand formations when the tide is out (one of mine), and pillboxes on the beach.
Personally I prefer the Dedham Vale - you can walk the river from Dedham to Flatford, very atmospheric at dawn (although I think better in winter).(another)
Manningtree/Mistley may be worth a look if you wanted to come that far north.
Of course there is also Harwich itself, good views over the Orwell estuary to Felixstowe.
I live in Colchester and there are lots to photograph to too far off the route you mention, such as Heybridge Basin, Beeleigh Falls, Tollesbury and Maldon (all these are close), then you have Dedham itself and the walk along the river upto Flatform Mill, the village of Lavenham (if you haven't been there you should), the old lighthouses at Dovercourt and Half Penny Pier at Harwich, Mersea Island and a lot more. As always you need to be there at the best time of the day and it is also work checking tide tables. Most of the above are best at low tide.
I hope this helps
...oh and as Stuart says, you then have the Orwell Estuary. Pin Mill is good, again at low tide. Park near the hard, and walk past the pub on your right and through the woods. You will see all the very old, boats and barges moored up, many being in a poor state but the bit at the end can be very photogenic. A pano I did from here won me the Best Image of the Night at last seasons Maldon Challenge Trophy against 13 clubs
Thanks for the all the suggestions, everyone! More than I can actually use the first time, but I'll keep the info for future reference, I'm bound to use the route more often.
Well, I haven't had a good look at any photos yet, but in driving around Tollesbury and surroundings I found a good pub with wonderful food in Goldhanger. That alone was worth the detour. (But since then I have the 'Goldfinger' tune in my head. I wonder why...)
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