“The great expanse of unspoilt countryside, just perfect for a relaxing walk. Deer are often seen quite at ease wandering around the fields. The lake is quite superb with ducks and ducklings waddling around.” – Review from TripAdvisor
At Weald Country Park, enjoy over 500 acres of woodland, lakes, hay and wildflower meadows, deer park, open grassland and spectacular views.
The park is famous for its wildlife, including fallow deer, cattle, herons, mallard ducks and other water birds. Feed the deer with deer food from our shop or bring your own vegetable cuttings.
7.30 am until dusk
Weald Country Park
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 December 2015 - 10am to 3pm. You can also buy trail guides 3-4pm, but let the Staff know that you may not be back in time so they can give you your prize first.
5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December 2015 - 10am to 12 noon 12.30pm to 2.30pm 3.30pm to 5pm
10, 17, 24, 31 October, 7, 14, 21, 28 November, 5, 12, 19 December 2015 - 9am
Parking: See car parking costs
Green Flag Award: Yes
Weald Country Park is a great place to picnic, with benches all over the park.
For a spectacular view, head up to the North of the park and use the Lincolns Lane carpark. If you’d like the best hill for rolling down, go to the Belvedere car park. If you’d like to get a hot drink and an ice cream, come to the Visitor Centre car park.
Our designated cycling paths are well surfaced and circle the woodlands, meadows and lakes. The undulating countryside makes for good exercise opportunities as well as some flatter routes for an easier ride. Cycle routes are shared with horse riders.
There’s plenty of space at Weald Country Park for your dog to run around and get some good exercise. With this in mind, we have taps and dog bowls throughout the park. If you are bringing your dog:
• they must be either under control or on a leash at all times.
• note signs and close gates behind you
• note that there are sometimes cattle grazing in The Roughs and Top Park.
With wide open spaces and woodland paths, rising and falling tracks, short and long tracks, walking at Weald County Park has something for everyone. Never crowded, the vast landscape makes the ideal place for solitude and reflection.
Every Friday from 10am to 3pm our volunteer group takes on conservation projects and park maintenance, such as fencing and creating habitats. You can learn skills, meet people and keep fit in beautiful surroundings, with free hot drinks and biscuits! Arrive at 9.30am to complete the paperwork and meet the team, or pick up an application form from the Visitor Centre.
Our bridleway network creates a circular route around the woods and Top Park, with some beautiful views. You can free ride throughout Top Park. Note that we have cattle grazing at some times, and keep an eye out for signs. Horse riding routes are shared with cyclists.
You can fish in the main lake all year round with a ticket. Adult rod tickets are £6; concession and child tickets £3, with up to 2 rods per ticket. Season tickets are £100 and allow up to 3 rods. You’ll also need to be able to produce a valid rod license on request. There is no night fishing.
After listening to park visitors and anglers, we’ve decided to have a closed fishing season from 1 November 2015 to 1 March 2016. This is to allow for lake maintenance, such as removing snag lines and encroaching branches. Regular patrols will ensure there’s no fishing during these months.
If you’re a season fishing ticket holder, claim your £10 refund for each month your ticket covers from the Visitor Centre – call 01277 261 343. Concession ticket refunds will reflect their lower price.
There is a bird hide in the designated conservation area overlooking the lake, where you can often see kingfishers, water fowl and terns.
There’s a toilet block within walking distance of each of the four car parks, including disabled and baby change facilities.
Our newly refurbished Visitor Centre includes a shop and café.
The shop sells deer and duck food for 50p, gifts like jams and preserves, animal soft toys, bug-hunting kits, insect nets, craft kits and outdoor toys like balls, flying discs and kites. We also sell dog treats, toys and waste bags.
The Wigley Bush Cafe serves hot food such as delicious soups with rolls, toasted teacakes and crumpets, cream teas, sandwiches, paninis, ice creams and hot and cold drinks. You can also enjoy seasonal hot drinks like speciality lattes, luxury hot chocolates and mulled punch.
Open every day, including weekends and bank holidays.
1 November to Easter: 10am to 4pm, with later closing weekends and Christmas holidays
Easter to summer holidays: weekdays 10am to 4.30pm, weekends 10am to 5pm
Summer holidays and summer weekends: 10am to 6pm
You can borrow one of our 4×4 (four-wheel drive) All-Terrain Tramper mobility scooters for free if you:
1. Register for free with any Shop Mobility scheme. They will give you insurance cover and training in safe scooter use. Your nearest Shop Mobility offices are Brentwood, call 01277 219987 and Chelmsford, call 01245 250467.
2. Make a booking by calling us on 01277 261343, quoting your Shop Mobility scheme number.
3. Collect the scooter from the Visitor Centre.
We also hire areas of the park for private use and events. Please contact us for more information and prices.
Imagine your wedding at our beautiful Bluebell Pond, a fenced-off private function area, where you can install a marquee or something similar. Call 01277 261343 for more information.
We run Ranger-led children’s birthday parties – anything from fairy trails to bug hunting to bush craft! Please contact us for more information and prices.
Our outdoor learning team runs curriculum-linked activity days across all Essex’s country parks, designed to release children’s imagination and encourage their creativity. Find out more about educational activities at the park.