Hadleigh Park offers something to everyone, it is both beautiful and diverse with one of the best UK mountain bike courses at its heart. Explore the idyllic countryside with magnificent views over the Thames Estuary, perfect for picnics and wildlife watching or try something a little more challenging….
Home of the London 2012 Games Olympic Mountain Biking, this world- class sporting venue boasts a wide network of bike trails and paths, a brand new ‘Hub’ that includes a 400 space car park, a café, bike shop, bike workshop, rangers offices, a multi-use classroom and an outdoor children’s play area and seating. The tracks are free to ride but the bike shop and rental won’t be available until July.
The original Olympic mountain bike course has been retained and developed but if you’re not a pro, don’t worry – we have added extra trails meaning that anyone of any ability can ride and enjoy the course
Extending to 152 hectares (387 acres) it is one of the largest parks in Essex and it comprises an intimate mix of woodland, pasture, hay meadow and marsh with old hedgerows and ponds. Whatever the weather there is always plenty to do at the park. In spring, the bluebells, archangel and celandine put on a magnificent display, while summer sees the meadows in bloom with scores of butterflies drifting over, making an ideal spot for a picnic. In autumn, the blackberries and sloes are a great attraction and winter brings large flocks of birds to the estuary as well as the possibility of going sledging!
The remains of Hadleigh Castle, an impressive ruin of a fortress built over 700 years ago, immortalised on canvas by John Constable can be found only a short walk away from the carpark. A roundhouse, typical of the Iron Age, has been built and is open at pre-advertised times, allowing you to step back and gain a glimpse into our history. Hadleigh Park provides the ideal setting for a great day out.
Park is open daily
24 July 2015 - 9.15 p.m.
5 July 2015 - 1 - 4 p.m.
14 June 2015 - 1 - 4 p.m.
Pay and display:
Green Flag Award: Yes
If you ride at Hadleigh Park, you will be riding one of the best mountain bike tracks in the UK. The park was home to the 2012 Olympics and since the games the track has been maintained and additional trails added so that anyone of any ability can ride.
Essex Country Parks offers a range of fantastic walks through a number of habitats, with astounding views and plenty of interesting features. Download a map here.
We have a brand new play area for children to enjoy as well as plenty of open space for them to run around in. There are also trails and interesting nature and wildlife for them to spot. We also hold regular events for children.
If you would prefer to use your time at Hadleigh Park to relax, as well as the Hub where you will be able to grab a cuppa and some cake, we have outdoor picnic benches and plenty of open space for you to sit back and watch the bikes (and cows!) go by.
The park has designated routes for horse riding which can be followed on our downloadable map.
Opportunities for volunteers are extensive; each park offers a unique experience and widens individual understanding, knowledge and involvement in the local community. Contact the park for more information.
Hadleigh’s roundhouse is based on a floor plan from an archaeological excavation at Little Waltham, near Chelmsford and was funded by a grant from Veolia ES Cleanaway Pitsea Marshes Trust.
For information and printable guides on public rights of way go to:
We have a brand new bike shop where you can purchase all your must haves and also hire bikes and equipment if you need to.
The Hub café offers refreshments and inside and outside seating areas.
Public toilets are available within the park, including disabled and baby changing facilities.
We offer a range of birthday parties from themed fairies and wizards parties to adventurous mini beast hunts or simply room hire. To book your bespoke birthday party please contact the park.
Fancy an office with a stunning view? We have office space available for hire as well as conferencing facilities. Schools can also book our on-site classroom.
We also hire out Hadleigh Park for corporate or private events. Please get in touch to discuss further.
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