Weald Country Park

Deer lying in the grounds of Weald Country Park

 

Weald Country Park collage

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. Our famous Stick Man play trail starts here.

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Open

8am until dusk


Find and contact

South Weald
Brentwood
CM14 5QS

01277 261 343

weald.countrypark@essex.gov.uk


At this place

Dogs: Allowed
Picnics: Allowed
BBQ: Not Allowed

Events

Wreath Making at Weald

Monday 2 December & Wednesday 4 December

Drive in Movies - It's a Wonderful Life

14th December 2019

Public Astronomy Sessions

November 1, December 6, January 3, February 28, March 27, April 4, May 1.

Parking

Up to 1 hour £2.20
Up to 2 hours £3.30
Up to 3 hours £4.40
Over 3 hours £5.50
Season parking and more
Money for parking is used to maintain the park and protect its wildlife.

Stick Man play trail

The new Stick Man play trail is designed by leading natural play specialists and brings to life the popular Julia Donaldson story Stick Man.

The trail has been designed to maintain the integrity of the historic parkland and its stunning views throughout. We hope that the trail will help children and their families enjoy challenging and imaginative play. It's free to use during park opening hours throughout the year.

Picnics

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 car park. 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.

Cycling

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.

Dog walking

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.
  • obey signs
  • close gates behind you
  • note that there are sometimes cattle grazing in The Roughs and Top Park.

Walks

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.

Volunteering

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.

Horse riding

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.

Parking - please use the Cricket Ground car park, this is a perfect spot to gain access to the circular bridleway. Please note during the wetter months the overflow in the cricket ground may be closed; if this is the case there is limited parking for trailers and boxes. Please call the Visitors Centre on 01277 262343 and one of the rangers can check the availability prior to your arrival. 

Route - The circular bridleway can be found on the PDF map on the website or on the notice board within the cricket ground car park.

Toilets

There’s a toilet block within walking distance of each of the four car parks, including disabled and baby change facilities.

Visitor Centre

Our Visitor Centre includes a shop and café.

The shop sells duck food for £1.00, gifts like jams and preserves, soft toys, and a variety of craft kits and outdoor toys. 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 the start of the Easter holiday – weekday 10am to 4pm, weekend 10am to 5pm.

Easter holiday to 31 October – weekday 10am to 4pm, weekend 9.30 to 5pm.

Open 10am to 5pm for all weekday school holidays throughout the year.

Park mobility and accessibility

Free use of mobility scooters

You can borrow one of our 4×4 (four-wheel drive) All-Terrain Tramper mobility scooters for free.

A member of the park team will provide some basic training on how to use the scooter and provide a number for you to quote when booking.

To book training and any future uses of the scooter please call 01277 261343 or come into the visitor centre.

Information on access to our Visitor Centre can be found on AccessAble, formerly Disabled Go.

Park hire for events

We also hire areas of the park for private use and events. Please contact us for more information and prices.

Weddings

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 261 343 for more information.

Birthday parties

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.

For schools

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.

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