Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Boys with their dad sitting on a tree stump next to the lake

Walk amongst an ancient forest or discover old age traditions in a number of quaint, quiet villages in the counties of Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Places to visit

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Orchids in our summer meadows

Where you can visit 

We're starting to reopen some National Trust gardens and parks, as well as car parks, in line with government guidance. You will need to book your visit in advance. In Essex, you can now book a visit to Hatfield Forest. However, you don't need to book ahead if you're planning to visit Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire or Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire. We'll be opening new places when we can, so check back each week.

Places you can visit

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Family exploring at ashridge, herts

Family fun in Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire 

Dunstable Downs is the highest point in Bedfordshire, making it a great spot to come fly a kite. Hatfield Forest in Essex and Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire, both have plenty of trees if you're seeking out a shady spot, they're ideal picnic locations too.

A couple walking their dog at Danbury Common in Essex

Walking in Essex 

There's more to the county of Essex than you think. Why not explore the village of Coggeshall or some of our hidden gems like Blake's Wood and Danbury Common on foot?

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