At Weald Country Park, enjoy over 500 acres of woodland, lakes, hay and wildflower meadows, deer park, open grassland and spectacular views. The park is famous for its wildlife, including fallow deer, cattle, herons, mallard ducks and other water birds. Feed the deer with deer food from our shop or bring your own vegetable cuttings, or enjoy the new Stick Man play trail.
If you are travelling on public transport to get to one of the Essex Country Parks – take a look at the Traveline journey planner.
7.30 am until dusk
01277 261 343
Thursday 7 & Thursday 14 December
Every Thursday morning during term time
Up to 1 hour £2
Up to 3 hours £4
Over 3 hours £5
Season parking and more
Money for parking is used to maintain the park and protect its wildlife.
The new Stick Man play trail is designed by leading natural play specialists and brings to life the popular Julia Donaldson story Stick Man.
The trail has been designed to maintain the integrity of the historic parkland and its stunning views throughout. We hope that the trail will help children and their families enjoy challenging and imaginative play. It's free to use during park opening hours throughout the year.
Weald Country Park is a great place to picnic, with benches all over the park. For a spectacular view, head up to the North of the park and use the Lincolns Lane car park. If you’d like the best hill for rolling down, go to the Belvedere car park. If you’d like to get a hot drink and an ice cream, come to the Visitor Centre car park.
Our designated cycling paths are well surfaced and circle the woodlands, meadows and lakes. The undulating countryside makes for good exercise opportunities as well as some flatter routes for an easier ride. Cycle routes are shared with horse riders.
There’s plenty of space at Weald Country Park for your dog to run around and get some good exercise. With this in mind, we have taps and dog bowls throughout the park. If you are bringing your dog:
With wide open spaces and woodland paths, rising and falling tracks, short and long tracks, walking at Weald County Park has something for everyone. Never crowded, the vast landscape makes the ideal place for solitude and reflection.
Every Friday from 10am to 3pm our volunteer group takes on conservation projects and park maintenance, such as fencing and creating habitats. You can learn skills, meet people and keep fit in beautiful surroundings, with free hot drinks and biscuits! Arrive at 9.30am to complete the paperwork and meet the team, or pick up an application form from the Visitor Centre.
Our bridleway network creates a circular route around the woods and Top Park, with some beautiful views. You can free ride throughout Top Park. Note that we have cattle grazing at some times, and keep an eye out for signs. Horse riding routes are shared with cyclists.
Parking - please use the Cricket Ground car park, this is a perfect spot to gain access to the circular bridleway. Please note during the wetter months the overflow in the cricket ground may be closed; if this is the case there is limited parking for trailers and boxes. Please call the Visitors Centre on 01277 262343 and one of the rangers can check the availability prior to your arrival.
Route - The circular bridleway can be found on the PDF map on the website or on the notice board within the cricket ground car park.
There’s a toilet block within walking distance of each of the four car parks, including disabled and baby change facilities.
Our Visitor Centre includes a shop and café.
The shop sells deer and duck food for £1.00, gifts like jams and preserves, soft toys, and a variety of craft kits and outdoor toys. We also sell dog treats, toys and waste bags.
The Wigley Bush Cafe serves hot food such as delicious soups with rolls, toasted teacakes and crumpets, cream teas, sandwiches, paninis, ice creams and hot and cold drinks. You can also enjoy seasonal hot drinks like speciality lattes, luxury hot chocolates and mulled punch.
Open every day, including weekends and bank holidays. 1 November to Easter: 10am to 4pm, with later closing weekends and Christmas holidays Easter to summer holidays: weekdays 10am to 4.00pm, weekends 9.30am to 5pm
Summer to March to around October … 10:00 am till 4:00pm weekdays… 9:30 till 5:00pm on weekends and 10:00am till 5:00pmin school holidays.
You can borrow one of our 4×4 (four-wheel drive) All-Terrain Tramper mobility scooters for free if you:
We also hire areas of the park for private use and events. Please contact us for more information and prices.
Imagine your wedding at our beautiful Bluebell Pond, a fenced-off private function area, where you can install a marquee or something similar. Call 01277 261 343 for more information.
We run Ranger-led children’s birthday parties - anything from fairy trails to bug hunting to bush craft! Please contact us for more information and prices.
Our outdoor learning team runs curriculum-linked activity days across all Essex’s country parks, designed to release children’s imagination and encourage their creativity. Find out more about educational activities at the park.