Hadleigh Country Park
This lovely park is located on the Thames Estuary near Southend on Sea. The park is nearly 400 acres in size and includes a mix of woodland, pasture, hay meadow and marsh. There are a number of great trails suitable for cyclists and walkers. There is also the 13th century Hadleigh castle ruins where there are fabulous views of the surrounding Essex countryside and the River Thames.
The Saffron Trail passes through the park so you can pick this up to extend your walk. The long distance trail takes you from the coast at Southend-on-Sea to Saffron Walden through some lovely Essex countryside.
Just to the east of the park you will find the Two Tree Island nature reserve. The expansive site has some nice footpaths taking you around grassland, scrub, reedbed and lagoons.
If you head south from the park you can cross Benfleet Creek and pick up the coastal path around Canvey Island.
PostcodeSS7 2PP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Hadleigh Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hadleigh Country Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hadleigh Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hadleigh Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The lovely Hadleigh Tea Rooms are the ideal place to relax and enjoy refreshments after your exercise. There's a delightful terrace with idyllic views overlooking Hadleigh Castle, Hadleigh Country Park and the Thames Estuary. The tea rooms are staffed by Trainees from the adjacent Salvation Army Hadleigh Training Centre. You can find the tea rooms on Castle Lane at a postcode of SS7 2AP.
The park is a popular place for dog walkers and you'll probably see plenty of other owners on a fine day. The Hadleigh tea rooms mentioned above also allow dogs on the terrace.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north east you will find some fine woodland trails around Belfairs Woods and Hadleigh Great Wood. The area is also a nature reserve with a discovery centre and lots of wildlife to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.