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Thorndon Country Park

The Avenue, Brentwood CM13 3RZ, England
+44 1277 232944
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The one thing I noticed that the sign post that actual tell you where to go and more importantly to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Robert H
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Basildon, United Kingdom
Autumn Walking Delight

South Thorndon Country Park has a brilliant dog agility course, beautiful lake and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Tracyhahern
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Laindon, United Kingdom
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This beautiful country park contains a diverse range of habitats and is managed both for people and for its precious wildlife. There are some fantastic walks through ancient woodland and historic deer parks which lie close alongside recently planted woodland and a landscape of small pastures. Thorndon Countryside Centre is managed by Essex Wildlife Trust and the Park is managed by Essex County Council in a joint venture. Gruffalo Trail Come and see the original Gruffalo Trail - a self-led trail around the woods, searching for carvings of the Gruffalo characters. Gruffalo Activity Maps are available from the Countryside Centre, at a cost of 50p. The countryside centre offers some unique gifts and books, a separate education room, refreshments and displays. There are regular activities for children, schools and families. Few areas offer such variety as Thorndon country park and its surroundings. Ancient woodland and historic deer parks lie close alongside recently planted woodland and a landscape of small pastures, while nearby is the high forest of Hartswood and former common land. Thorndon Country Park is in two parts, the northern section on a gravel ridge and the southern part on clay soil lower down. The two parts are now linked by Old Thorndon Pastures, which is farmland that has been restored to a traditional farming landscape with small hedged fields, grazed by cattle. Thorndon Country Park North In spring, the woodlands of Thorndon North are filled with the scent and colour of bluebells, anemones and other woodland flowers. The woods are rich in birdlife and attract many species of migrant and over-wintering birds including bramblings, siskins and redpolls. Childerditch Pond is both beautiful and tranquil. Please note: Thorndon Country Park North car park is the best way to access the Gruffalo Trail. Thorndon Country Park South The open parkland at Thorndon South is busy with families enjoying barbecues and picnics, whilst drinking in views reaching out across countryside and into the heart of Canary Wharf. It's a great place to fly a kite. Thorndon Country Park offers a variety of habitats including ancient woodland, parkland, ponds, a marsh and meadow. There are some stunning ancient trees including Giant Oak and Hornbeam pollards, that are reminders that this was once a deer park. Parts of it used to be heathland, now a scarce habitat in Essex, and to restore it parts of the park, both north and south, are being grazed by goats and sheep. The park attracts a large number of woodland birds and sees more than its fair share of passage migrants and winter visitors. For example, large flocks of Siskins and Redpolls often gather in the birches, and bramblings can be seen near to the centre feeding on beech mast. There are many butterflies to be enjoyed including the uncommon Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks. The park is managed by Essex County Council's Ranger Service who are returning Conifer plantations to grassland or woodland as mature trees are harvested. The Countryside Centre in Thorndon Park North was built just after the 1987 hurricane and fallen timber from a number of Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserves was used in its construction. It is the Trust's most popular centre with over 100,000 visitors per year, and provides refreshments, a gift shop, displays and interpretation.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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The Avenue, Brentwood CM13 3RZ, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The one thing I noticed that the sign post that actual tell you where to go and more importantly to tell you which way back to the car parks are noticeable by there absents, someone new to the park can very easily get lost and...More

Thank Robert H
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feed back I will passs your comments on to the Rangers who will look in to the signage.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

South Thorndon Country Park has a brilliant dog agility course, beautiful lake and woodland. You’ll need Wellington boots if you come away from the main paths.

Thank Tracyhahern
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review

Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Thornton can be walked through to get from brentwood to herongate and the Boars Head, Green Man and Old Dog pubs. A good excuse for quaffing great beer after sufficient exercise!

Thank R01277
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review

Reviewed 28 October 2017

We visited the park with my five and seven year old boys who loved every minute. They never stopped running about and want to go back as soon as they can.

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thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Great to hear you had a good day with us!

Reviewed 3 October 2017

Delightful mix of forest,open space with streams, ponds and a bird-watching hide,bridleway allows for easy walking with plenty of steep slopes to the side for the more adventurous

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thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Thanks for your review

Reviewed 2 October 2017

Excellent place to visit for long rambles through the woods etc. Really well laid out with interesting features throughout. Toilet facilities and nice cafe / shop.

Thank BarrySpall
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Perfect place to let kids burn off some steam. Absolutely love the Gruffalo trail never gets boring. Great for walks whatever the weather

Thank sfb14
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thanks for your great review!

Reviewed 16 September 2017

I love going for long walks in this park it's the best the only thing I don't like is the litter that people leave around the park

Thank Amanda V
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Thank you for your kind comment. Our rangers work really hard to keep the park clean.

Reviewed 11 September 2017

Don't get me wrong this is a lovely open space for the children to run around, but there are a few things that I would like to mention, firstly on the forestry website it mention grab a gruffalo activity bag for £3, well one would...More

Thank Dyane R
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

The Gruffalo trail bags are at Forestry commission parks these are a completely separate company from Essex Country Parks that manage Thorndon. I will bring the car parking charges to the attention of the country parks team to update their website. We look forward to...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Thorndon Park, has something for every one, get away from it walks, long or short walks, great walks for the kids with the gruffalo characters, we are dog walkers and enjoy the park and the cafe too.

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thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Thanks for the great review.

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dannydizz
10 May 2017|
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Response from thorndoncountrypark | Property representative |
Hi, I Will speak to the rangers for you and come back to you once I have some answers.
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Rita H H
12 December 2016|
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Response from ray1896 | Reviewed this property |
CM13 3RZ, is the correct postcode. CM13 3RU is Thorndon Park, which is the original country house that the park surrounded but is now upmarket flats, near Thorndon Golf Club.
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Dave B
13 June 2016|
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Response from Clive B | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can have a BBQ in the South of the park, within the designated BBQ area, near the Pavilion, use Thorndon South Car Park. But please note you need a permit and there is a charge for this, £2 per person, a park ranger... More
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