Explore the enchanted Hatfield Forest, Essex

Children enjoying the trees in Hatfield Forest, Essex

The ancient trees of Hatfield Forest are like living sculptures. Some are an incredible 1,200 years old, and there are even some that have become ‘walking trees’.

A 'walking tree' is born when the middle of the trunk becomes so rotten that the tree falls over. It re-roots and begins to grow again.

Whether you want somewhere for the children to run off energy or a place for quiet reflection, you will find your own special place at Hatfield – Britain’s best-surviving example of an almost-complete medieval royal hunting forest.