Essex

Walk amongst an ancient forest or discover old age traditions in a number of quaint, quiet villages.

Places to visit

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Hatfield Forest, Essex

125 miles of walks in the East of England 

This year the National Trust celebrates 125 years of looking after special places. To mark this milestone and to say thank you for all your support, we've pulled together some of our very best walks, covering 125 miles.

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

Places to visit in Essex 

There's more to Essex than first meets the eye. Tucked away you'll find lots of hidden gems, from an ancient royal hunting forest to a stunning Tudor merchant's house. Where will you discover on your next visit?

Outdoor activities

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A muddy coppice footpath

Hatfield Forest - Winter opening

Wet weather presents a particular challenge at Hatfield Forest. The ground becomes very easily waterlogged and the historic paths very muddy, especially in the coppices. We have only limited hard-standing parking. The gate to the internal car parks is shut during the week meaning there is only 60 spaces during the week and about 120 at the weekend. This fills up quickly on a fine day. Please consider saving your visit for the drier months.

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Our work on the coast

Northey Island on the Blackwater Estuary might have been the site of the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain, but today it's also an internationally important haven for birds. As we face challenges ahead with sea-level rise, your support is helping us plan for the future.

Places to stay
Exterior of Thorington Hall

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.