Places to go

Belhus Woods Country Park

Belhus Woods’ ancient woodland, meadows, grassland and lakes near Aveley is great for dog-walking, families, spotting wildlife or just some peace and quiet.

Find out more View of lake and treeline in winter of Belhus Woods

Cressing Temple Barns

Between Witham and Braintree, Cressing Temple Barns is of supreme interest for its stunning Grade 1-listed 13th century Knights Templar barns and walled Tudor garden.

Find out more Exterior view of the barns and open ground at Cressing Temple Barns.

Cudmore Grove

In East Mersea, Cudmore Grove Country Park features a new play equipment area, sandy beach, impressive views, grassland, meadows, walks, historic sites and abundant wildlife.

Find out more Children playing in then new Cudmore Grove play equipment area

Danbury Country Park

Danbury Country Park offers ornamental gardens, lakes, woodland and meadows. The park's tracks are well maintained and popular with dog walkers and families.

Find out more View of an empty bench within the woodlands at Danbury Country Park

Flitch Way

A former railway line crossing 15 miles of rural Essex, linking Bishop’s Stortford and Braintree, popular for walks, cycling, dog-walking and riding horses.

Find out more Tree-lined walking track the Flitch Way going under a brick bridge

Great Notley Country Park

Great Notley Country Park, near Braintree, is home to a 1.2km play trail, Sky Ropes high ropes and great places to walk, cycle, fish, picnic and fly kites.

Find out more Child moving across play apparatus on the play trail at Great Notley Country Park.

Hadleigh Country Park

At Hadleigh Park you can try one of the UK’s top mountain biking courses, explore idyllic countryside, enjoy magnificent views, picnic and spot wildlife.

Find out more Family group on bikes pictured against the skyline in Hadleigh Country Park.

Marsh Farm Country Park

A 300-acre country park along the River Crouch offers scenic grazing marsh and sea wall walks, great for walking dogs and spotting birds and wildlife.

Find out more View from Marsh Farm Country Park across the River Crouch at sunset featuring ships

Thorndon Country Park

Colourful woodlands, birdlife, open parkland, fishing and family attractions like the Gruffalo trail make Thorndon Country Park, Brentwood, a destination.

Find out more A view through the trees to a wooded clearing at Thorndon Country Park

Weald Country Park

Famous for its deer park, spectacular views and expansiveness, Weald Country Park covers over 500 acres of woodland, wildflower meadows and open grassland.

Find out more A deer lying in the grounds of Weald Country Park

Alderford Water Mill

This restored, Grade II*-listed timber building is typical of rural water mills, and one of the best preserved in Essex. The water wheel often runs on open days.

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Beeleigh Steam Mill

One of the most attractive and fascinating mills in East Anglia, Beeleigh Mill includes a rare beam engine and elephant boiler. Open by appointment.

Find out more Exterior of Beeleigh Steam Mill - near Maldon, Essex

Finchingfield Post Mill

Grade II-listed Finchingfield Post Mill is the oldest windmill in Essex - built around 1756. It overlooks the picturesque village of Finchingfield.

Find out more Exterior view of Finchingfield Post Mill behind a row of trees.

Mountnessing Post Mill

Built in 1807, Mountnessing Post Mill is the nearest Essex mill to London. Fully restored to working order, it sees many visitors and is often photographed.

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Stock Tower Mill

Popular 5-storey Grade II* listed tower mill with six-bladed fantail, built around 1804, restored complete with several floors of machinery.

Find out more Stock Tower Mill sails and cap viewed from below

Thorrington Tide Mill

In a pretty waterside setting, walkers and mill enthusiasts alike love this Grade II*-listed tide mill, one of the few of its kind remaining in the UK.

Find out more Exterior of Thorrington Tide Mill in leafy lakeside setting