Thorndon Country Park
This large country park is located near Brentwood in Essex and contains a number of fine woodland trails, ideal for walking or cycling. The park is made up of ancient woodland, an ancient deer park, grassland and three small lakes. There is also a useful Countryside Centre with a permanent exhibition and a shop selling gifts and refreshments.
PostcodeCM13 3RZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Thorndon Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Thorndon Country Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Thorndon Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Thorndon Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's a good on site cafe selling a range of meals and snacks.
As you'd imagine the wide woodland paths are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see plenty of other owners on your visit. The cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head south west from the park and you can enjoy riverside trails at Hornchurch Country Park in Upminster.
To the north east is the town of Billericay where there's peaceful woodland trails at Norsey Woods and an impressive dam at the expansive Hanningfield Reservoir.
Brentwood has another country park in the shape of Weald Country Park. It's located just north west of the town and has a lovely circular trail around a picturesque lake.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.