Thorndon Country Park, Brentwood

Take a stroll through the woods and open spaces of Thorndon Country Park. Kids will love the Gruffalo trail, with sculptures of characters from popular children's book scattered along the paths. You will find plenty of other walking, cycling, and horseback-riding trails throughout the park, taking you past tranquil ponds, picnic areas, and viewpoints where you can see all the way to Canary Wharf. Orienteering courses also crisscross the park. After enjoying the fresh air, stop by the cafe or shop and tearoom for some refreshments. Put Thorndon Country Park into our Brentwood trip itinerary planning website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Brentwood.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Lots of variety of woodland and flora year round. Essex Widlife Trust centre is good with lots of activities in school hols and useful guides. Parking is on the expensive side. But footpaths link the ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Lovely place for kids to run around and have the gruffolo trail for an activity and get your kids a 50p map from the shop. Take a picnic and a ball and hours of fun outdoors! It is the woods and field...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We visited a few years ago and enjoyed searching for the Gruffallo. So we thought we'd come again 3 years later now we have a dog and have to say we were thoroughly bored. The woods were saturated wit...  more »
  • Great for walks, with or without children and dogs, beware some paths are permissive bridleways so there are horses now and then. Also great for mountain biking and jogging. There are woods, meadows, children's play area, the Gruffalo Trail (large wood carvings of characters) BBQs to rent in Thorndon South, visitor centre and cafe in both South and North parks that are linked. Good views over the Thames estuary and fantastic swathes of bluebells mid April to mid May.
  • Took my daughter and nephews on the gruffalo trail and they really enjoyed walking round and finding the different characters.
  • Massive park. More like a forest. Very nice day out. Parking is a bit expensive but you can pay by card at the machines which is handy to know.
  • Big forest with several trails through the woods and fields, went for a 1.5 hrs walk following the South/North trail. Great for dog walking or cycling too.
  • Lovely woodlands and Gruffalo trail for those with children. The trail takes anything from 20 minutes to over an hour depending on the speed of your little ones. You can celebrate with food in the basic but friendly and well maintained cafe. There are some interesting nature themed items in the gift shop - or you can just grab a map for the Gruffalo trail!

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