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Essex, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire

Hatfield Forest

Ancient royal hunting forest

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

Beech copse in winter at Hatfield Forest, Essex

Planning your visit

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.

Family learning how to build a shelter, filter water and light a fire on a forest survival skills course in Hatfield Forest, Essex.

Family-friendly things to do at Hatfield Forest 

Discover what there is to do for families at Hatfield Forest, including spaces to explore and activities to keep kids entertained.

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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