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Thorndon Country Park, Brentwood

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Wildlife Area
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 Brentwood trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Gorgeous place, great for kids and nice little cafe, which obviously gets busy. We did the gruffalo trail (50p for a map) and the kids really enjoyed it. We then spent a good while building a den. Rea...  more »
  • Went fishing with my son and a friend and his son, couldn't believe that the swim opposite mine had caught a pike of quite a decent size next thing I know they clubbed it with a piece of wood and out ...  more »
  • Good for all the family but especially children to enjoy nature and the Trails. Much improved onsite cafe  more »
Google
  • 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.