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Essex, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire

Hatfield Forest

Ancient royal hunting forest

Bush End Road, Takeley, Bishop's Stortford, Essex, CM22 6NE

Springtime in Hatfield Forest, Essex

Planning your visit

a shot from Illyria's outdoor theatre production of Pride and Prejudice, showing the Bennet sisters reading a letter

Events at Hatfield Forest 

Looking to make the most of your visit to the Forest? Why not get closer to nature and join us at one of our outdoor experiences? Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or an opportunity to embrace something new, our outdoor activities offer something for everyone.

Dog walking on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset

Visiting Hatfield Forest with your dog 

Hatfield Forest is a two pawprint rated place. It's a perfect place for walking your dog, with 1,000 acres of woodland and open grassland to explore, trees to sniff and grass to roll around in. Professional dog walkers will need a National Trust license to walk a maximum of 4 dogs, up to three times a day.

Visitors at Hatfield Forest, Essex

Groups and Learning at Hatfield Forest 

We are delighted that you can now book facilitated school visit with our delivery partners, the Wilderness Foundation, so head to their website to find out more. If you'd like to book a self-led visit, please email

Two visitors exploring the garden in spring at Quarry Bank, Cheshire


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