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Visit Hatfield Forest
No other forest on earth evokes the atmosphere of a medieval hunting forest so completely.
Visit Paycocke's House and Garden
A stunning Tudor merchant's house whose walls have more than a few stories to tell.
Visit Danbury & Lingwood Common
The second largest area of commonland in Essex after Epping Forest, this open landscape is great for long walks and wildlife spotting.
Visit Bourne Mill
Set next to a millpond and babbling stream, this delightful piece of late Elizabethan playfulness was built for banquets and converted into a mill.
Visit Blake's Wood
One of our hidden gems in Essex, this ancient woodland with streams, valleys, mature oak, chestnut and coppiced hornbeam is colourful all year round.
Visit Rayleigh Mount
An early medieval motte and bailey castle site, Rayleigh Mount is now an urban wildlife haven and offers sweeping views across the Crouch Valley.
Visit Coggeshall Grange Barn
Once owned by the Cistercian monks at Coggeshall Abbey, step inside one of the largest medieval timber framed buildings in Europe.
Visit Copt Hall Marshes
Under leaden skies with a face full of wind there's nowhere like Copt Hall for refreshing the mind and blowing away the cobwebs.
Visit Northey Island
The closest you'll get to true wilderness in Essex. This remote island in the Blackwater Estuary is the site of the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain.
Eastbury Manor & Rainham Hall
Our favourite outdoor activities
Explore with our app
Always wondered what was at Portingury Hills or why there is a Shell House at Hatfield Forest? Download our smartphone app before your visit the Forest or borrow a tablet device from our shop.
There's lots of great places for den building in Essex. Use twigs and sticks to build a secret den in the trees. Then cover and camouflage it by adding leaves and more twigs. Why not challenge your friends?
There's plenty more places to discover and explore in Essex. Find our more from our friends at VisitEssex.
Essex County Council
Why not visit our friends at Danbury Park and Cudmore Grove as they will also help you complete some of our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾?
Essex Wildlife Trust
We're working together with the Essex Wildlife Trust on conserving special places on the Blackwater Estuary.
Places to stay
You can now stay in Thorington Hall on the Essex/Suffolk border. A beautiful rambling farmhouse, this holiday cottage will sleep large groups and is an ideal base to explore nearby Constable Country.
Join our Essex Volunteer Group and help us with tasks such as clearing shrub, hedge laying and footpath maintanence.