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Mr Robert Anderson
Chapel Lane Car Park,
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.
The venue and trails are free to access. Parking charges are £2.30 a day, however this is currently under review. There will also be an option of purchasing a discounted season ticket.