Eastbrookend Country Park
This country park is a peaceful area located between Hornchurch and Dagenham. It has four pretty lakes and an environmentally friendly visitor centre. The park can be easily accessed from Dagenham East Station on the District Line.
The park is also good for wildlife with various birds to see on the lakes. On the eastern side of the park is the Chase Nature reserve, managed by London Wildlife Trust. There's Horse-grazed meadows, woodland, marshland, ponds, and several rare Black Poplar Trees. It's another great area for wildlife with 200 species of birds recorded at the site. Look out for species such as kingfishers, skylark, little ringed plover, lapwing, great Snipe, pine bunting and spotted crake.
To the south is Beam Valley Country Park on the other side of the train line. There's more nice trails here with views of the River Beam which runs through the park.
You can start this circular walk from the on site car park at postcode RM10 7BD for your sat navs.
PostcodeRM10 7BD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Eastbrookend Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Eastbrookend Country Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Eastbrookend Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Eastbrookend Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's an on site cafe at the park selling a good range of meals and snacks.
The park is a fine place for a dog walk so you're bound to bump into other owners on your visit. The on site cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just a couple of miles east of the park you'll find Hornchurch Country Park. The park has some lovely riverside trails through the Ingrebourne Valley to enjoy. You can also pick up the epic London Loop in the park. Just to the east of the park there's also the popular Belhus Woods Country Park where you'll find lakes, wildflower meadows and bluebell woodland.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks page.