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image for Guided Tour item typeGruffalo Trail at Thorndon Country Park

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Guided Tour, free entry


Thorndon Country Park

Thorndon Country Park


Thorndon Country Park

01277 211250


The Avenue,
CM13 3RZ


Discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood with this self-led trail searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters. Starting at Thorndon Country Park, the trail is set within it's beautiful woodlands.

Based around the popular Gruffalo story, this fun family trail will make memories that will last a lifetime. The trail helps children understand our native woodland and see it as a welcoming place. The Gruffalo Trail takes about 45 minutes. Get a map at the Countryside Centre in Thorndon North - which opens at 9.30am - for 50p. Please keep dogs on a lead and wear wellies!

There is no need to book to do the Gruffalo Trail as a self-guided walk.

(Essex Country Parks has been granted license use of the Gruffalo characters for this purpose by Magic Light Pictures.)

Coach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Opening Details

Open all the time

Open every day from 8am until dusk. Please check the entrance gate for exact closing times when you visit the park.


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 22 - Mon 31 Oct The Great Ghost Hunt Self Guide Trail



Plan route to Thorndon Country Park using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TQ 605916  Lat: 51.60038 Long: 0.31665

Thorndon Country Park is easily accessible from the A12 or A127 and is situated along the A1023.

Disabled parking is available on site.

Parking: with charge


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted