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Nature Reserve, free entry

Hatfield Forest

Hatfield Forest


Hatfield Forest

01279 870678


The National Trust,
Hatfield Forest Estate Office,
CM22 6NE


Hatfield Forest is of great historical and ecological importance, having been designated a SSSI and NNR. The shell house is a charming, rare, mid 18thC picnic room, decorated with flints and shells. The chases and rides provide excellent walks and there is a good coarse fishing on the larger lake. It has been owned and managed by the National Trust, an independent conservation charity, since 1924.
Visit the shore of the lake & find all the facilities you need including picnic tables, cafe, WC's, shop and the fabulous 18th Century Shell House.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopNational Trust PropertyOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Opening Details

Open all the time

Hatfield Forest open Saturday as well as Sunday now in the winter season. We now open at 9am on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am Monday - Friday.


Free entry

£5 car park charge

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Plan route to Hatfield Forest using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 547211  Lat: 51.86759 Long: 0.24665

By Road:
Hatfield Forest is signposted from the B1256 in the village of Takeley, 2 miles east of jct 8 off the M11 in Essex.

By Public Transport:
From Bishop's Stortford station it is 4 miles to Hatfield Forest.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted