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Thorndon Country Park, Brentwood

(4.2/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
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. A visit to Thorndon Country Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Upminster trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • We visited Thorndon South and were mugged on arrival by the parking charges. They go up on a scale so the longer you spend the more it costs. Apart from this the cafe is nice and there are some lovely...  more »
  • We've visited Thorndon numerous times & always enjoy ourselves. Our children like to geocache & we find Thorndon a great place to do this and there are quite a few. My eldest had a birthday party here...  more »
  • We visited specifically for our kids to enjoy the Gruffalo Trail but the park obviously caters for everyone. The woodland is ma-hoosive so plenty to walk around and enjoy. The grufalo part is fairly c...  more »
  • Great park. The Gruffalo trail is basic but the carvings are well done and it's all about the trees at the end of the day.
  • Great park, we come here every once in a while to walk our dog. So far I haven't found any free parking. There is designated parking for park visitors which is a couple of pounds for two hours.
  • Huge park with bike hire, cafe and gift shop. Pay to park a car is a downside. Great place for autumn walks in the woods.
  • Great for family walks or mountain biking for beginners.
  • It's ok, there's a Gruffalo trail for small children, it's possible to get around most of the place by pram. Can also hire bikes for a short ride around. Views are nothing special. Not worth travelling far to, but great for locals.