GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Broak's Wood

1 miles (2.4 km)

This walk explores Broak's Wood near Halstead in Essex. The woods include a notable Giant Redwood Grove with some wonderful towering specimens.
There's miles of footpaths taking you around the ancient woodland with its interesting flora, fauna and ponds. The site includes Shardlow's Wood and a viewpoint with fine views over the surrounding countryside. In the spring time look out for the pretty bluebells and a variety of woodland birds.
You can start the walk from the car park off the Hedingham Road on the western side of the woods. It's located just a few miles to the west of Halstead.


CO9 1UP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Broaks Wood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Broaks Wood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

As you'd imagine the woods are great for dog walking with miles of paths for them to explore. You'll probably meet other owners on a fine weekend day.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Norman Castle Hedingham is one of the area's highlights and a great place to continue your walking if you have time. Near here there's also Gosfield Hall and Gosfield Lake where there's some nice waterside trails and a good lakeside cafe. The 16th century hall is designated as a Grade I listed building and is now used for weddings.


The information board at Broak's Wood - - 846160

The information board at Broak's Wood. This reserve also includes Shardlow's Wood.

Broak's Wood - - 2573350

Broak's Wood

Glade in Broaks Wood - - 2573369

Glade in Broaks Wood

A Pond in Broaks Wood - - 2573376

A Pond in Broaks Wood


GPS Files

GPX File

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