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On top of the world

Beautiful views . Wooded walk and a lake. I saw a jay bird and sat by the lake. Parking is abit... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MCgbell
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Gruffalo Trail

Visited here over the weekend, nice place to just walkabout with family, not very busy, kids liked... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2018
Quality_Matters76
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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This beautiful country park contains a diverse range of habitats and is managed both for people and for its precious wildlife. There are some fantastic walks through ancient woodland and historic deer parks which lie close alongside recently planted...more
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The Avenue, Brentwood CM13 3RZ, England
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All reviews gruffalo trail picnic area rubbish home country park dog walkers great place to walk nice picnic great country pay and display great for dog walking great outdoors three hours sand pit run around plenty of space great for kids whole family
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful views . Wooded walk and a lake. I saw a jay bird and sat by the lake. Parking is abit difficult and quite expensive. There is a cafe but it was closed

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Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Visited here over the weekend, nice place to just walkabout with family, not very busy, kids liked the Gruffalo trail, expensive for parking but free to walk😉, would a lovely family walk on a sunny day.

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thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Hi Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. If you are a regular visitor to the park you could save money in buying a season ticket. Please ask in the centre for details.

Reviewed 1 September 2018

Great park for kids. The den building is fantatsic and theire is a short gruffalo trail and picnic area. There is no actual play area for children here though. Car parking is the usual few pounds.

Thank frnbella3
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

Hi! We went to this beautiful park last bank holiday. The parking was £5 plus if you have a bbq is extra £2 per person(does not matter if you eat or no bbq) and you have to bring your own bbq grill and everything you...More

Thank Cristina F
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

This is a gem of a country park. It really is lovely. The Gruffalo trail is great for younger children to enjoy (maps obtainable from the visitors centre for 50p or you can just follow the crowd on a busier day) whilst the woodland paths...More

Thank TLW3103
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. I will ensure all the staff see this as it is great to see their hard work being recognised.

Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

A fantastic and open space with lovely walking trail which caters to kids who enjoy the gruffalo books. An inviting cafe offers a variety of hot and cold meals as well which you can start or end with. Start: parking, chances you will only need...More

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thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Thank you taking the time to leave a review. Really pleased to hear you enjoy our park and facilities.

Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

I came here with my two daughters earlier in the summer. We had a nice picnic on one of the benches by the visitors' centre before going for a nice long walk in the woods.

Thank littlemissdoug
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

Reviewed 20 August 2018

Thorndon Park North is one of my favorite places to take my dog as the section next to car park 2 has kept my dog safe from the cars he likes to chase. Unfortunately there have been sheep grazing there for several weeks. I was...More

Thank loregraham
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Perhaps take your dog further in to the park away from the roads, there are many paths and great walks to explore away from the road.

Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Alway a pleasure to bike here, I’ve been visiting here for 7 yrs now and it’s alway a great place to test your metal there even jumps in the outlying woods area toward Warley

Thank Paul T
thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Thanks for your review. Great to see the park being enjoyed by a different user group.

Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Came with my husband and 3 kids, 1, 3 and 10. Parking meters either weren’t working or there was an issue with the card reader so was a bit of a pain as we only had enough change for 2 hours. Second time we have...More

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thorndoncountrypark, Manager at Thorndon Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I will pass on your comments regarding the parking meters to Essex County Council who operate the car park.

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Emma M
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Response from thorndoncountrypark | Property representative |
Please contact Essex County Council who will be able to answer this for you as they operate that part of the park.
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Response from thorndoncountrypark | Property representative |
Hi, I Will speak to the rangers for you and come back to you once I have some answers.
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Response from ray1896 | Reviewed this property |
CM13 3RZ, is the correct postcode. CM13 3RU is Thorndon Park, which is the original country house that the park surrounded but is now upmarket flats, near Thorndon Golf Club.
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