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Hadleigh Park

Hadleigh Park


Chapel Lane Car Park,
Chapel Lane,


Hadleigh Park offers something to everyone, it is both beautiful and diverse with one of the best UK mountain bike courses at its heart. Explore the idyllic countryside with magnificent views over the Thames Estuary, perfect for picnics and wildlife watching or try something a little more challenging….

Home of the London 2012 Games Olympic Mountain Biking, this world- class sporting venue boasts a wide network of bike trails and paths, a brand new 'Hub' that includes a 400 space car park, a café, bike shop, bike workshop, rangers offices, a multi-use classroom and an outdoor children's play area and seating. The bike shop and rental won't be available until July.

The original Olympic mountain bike course has been retained and developed with a new and wider network of trails and paths, catering for a range of users and making them accessible for all.

Extending to 152 hectares (387 acres) it is one of the largest country parks in Essex and comprises an intimate mix of woodland, pasture, hay meadow and marsh with old hedgerows and ponds. Whatever the weather there is always plenty to do at the park. In spring, the bluebells, archangel and celandine put on a magnificent display, while summer sees the meadows in bloom with scores of butterflies drifting over, making an ideal spot for a picnic. In autumn, the blackberries and sloes are a great attraction and winter brings large flocks of birds to the estuary as well as the possibility of going sledging!

The remains of Hadleigh Castle, an impressive ruin of a fortress built over 700 years ago, immortalised on canvas by John Constable can be found only a short walk away from the carpark. A roundhouse, typical of the Iron Age, has been built and is open at pre-advertised times, allowing you to step back and gain a glimpse into our history.
Hadleigh Park provides the ideal setting for a great day out.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedGuided tours for groups

Opening details

Opening details: 8am to dusk


Parking is £1.50 an hour per vehicle. This is capped at £6 which will give you parking for the entire day. Parking can be paid for by either cash or debit/credit card.
You can also purchase a season ticket for £65. This gives you unlimited parking at not only Hadleigh Park but all of the Country Parks in Essex. To purchase a yearly car parking pass please email: Hadleigh.park@essex.gov.uk or drop into our office.

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Plan route to Hadleigh Park using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TQ 803870  Lat: 51.55320 Long: 0.59940

By Road:
The main car park is at the bottom of Chapel Lane, off the A13 London Road in Hadleigh, near to Morrison's Supermarket.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups