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Hadleigh Park

Hadleigh Park


Chapel Lane Car Park,
Chapel Lane,


Hadleigh Park offers something for everyone – idyllic countryside, magnificent views, important historical sites and one of the UK’s top mountain biking courses. It’s a perfect place for picnics and wildlife watching, or to try something a little more challenging.

Mountain biking
Home of mountain biking at the London 2012 Olympics, this world-class sporting venue boasts a huge network of bike trails [http://hadleigh-park.co.uk/ride/track/] alongside a large car park, café, bike shop and hire, classroom and children’s play area. The tracks are free to ride.

Not a pro? Don’t worry – we’ve added extra trails to the Olympic course so that anyone can have a go.

Walking and wildlife
At 152 hectares (387 acres), Hadleigh Park is one of the largest in Essex, renowned for its views and undulating hills, pasture, hay meadow and marsh, old hedgerows and ponds, making it an ideal place to walk [http://hadleigh-park.co.uk/explore/walk/].

In spring, the bluebells, archangel and celandine put on a magnificent display. Summer sees the meadows in bloom with scores of butterflies drifting over, ideal for a picnic. In autumn, blackberries and sloes are a great attraction. Winter brings large flocks of birds and perhaps a chance to go sledging!

Historical features
Step back and glimpse history at the replica Iron Age roundhouse adjacent to the carpark or take a pleasant 1km walk to visit the impressive 13th century ruin of Hadleigh Castle. The Salvation Army’s Hadleigh Farm with its tea rooms and rare breed centre has been supporting community members to develop employment skills for over 100 years.

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


Free entry - see http://www.visitparks.co.uk/tickets-charges/ for parking costs

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 22 Nov Havens Hospice Fun Event



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