Hatfield Forest's parkland

View of the pastures and oak trees beside the street coppice at sunset in Hatfield Forest

Hatfield Forest in Essex is renowned as the last remaining example of a medieval hunting forest in Europe.

It's been managed through traditional woodland management techniques over hundreds of years. Practices such as coppicing, pollarding and grazing are still used today and are vital for encouraging wildlife. Hatfield is home to 3,500 species of wildlife, some rare and threatened.
Hatfield Forest is full of atmosphere and there are lots of ways to explore. You can choose a gentle, mud-free tree walk to discover lots of interesting trees. 
For a longer stroll, the 2 hour forest walk takes in many of the finest features of Hatfield, which is also a National Nature Reserve. 
If you want to turn up without a map, you can follow one of two waymarked trails when you get there.