How to get here
From Manningtree station, if driving or cycling, take the A137 north until the village of Brantham, then turn left at the roundabout onto the B1070 and from there follow signs for Flatford, which is about 2 miles away. Alternatively, you can walk along a footpath to the south of the River Stour; simply turn right out of the station doors and follow the footpath signs to Flatford, 1.5 miles away. It can be muddy and uneven in places.
Network Colchester 93 Ipswich-Colchester (passing Ipswich and close to Colchester Town), Monday-Saturday, Get off at East Bergholt, 0.75 mile away.
Flatford is off the A12 between Ipswich and Colchester. Turn off the A12 on the B1070 into East Bergholt. There are brown tourist signs to Flatford on the main roads through East Bergholt. Or from the A137, turn onto the B1070 at Cattawade.
Other ways to get to the reserve
If you're on foot, Flatford is accessible from Manningtree station via the public footpath leading from the lower station car park - follow signs to Flatford, which is 1.75 miles away. It's also accessible via public footpath from Dedham - follow signs from the bridge over the river Stour, 100 m from the free car park near the centre of Dedham. From Dedham to the garden it's about 1.25 miles (2 km).