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Thorndon Country Park, Brentwood

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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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  • 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 »
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  • 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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