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Bedfords Park Visitor centre

The Nature Discovery Centre is situated in 215 acres of historic parkland. Walk, explore and…

Ingrebourne visitor centre

Ingrebourne Valley Nature Discover Centre overlooks the fantastic marshland and reedbeds of the…

Chafford Gorges Nature Park

Set in a spectacular position over looking Warren Gorge. Chafford Gorges nature park offers 200…

The Naze Nature Discovery Centre

The Centre is open all year round and houses an education room as well as a café and gift shop.…

Hanningfield Nature discovery Park

Set in beautiful woodland with views over the reservoir Hanningfield is the perfect place to walk,…

Belfairs Woods

Belfairs Woodland Centre introduces visitors to the 1160-acre Living Landscape, a third of which is…

Langdon meadows

Set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises woodland, meadows, lakes and former…

hockley woods

A 280 acre ancient woodland, managed for the benefit of wildlife and the public. Traditional…

Tollesbury Wick Marshes

One of Essex Wildlife Trust's best reserves. A large (600 acres) tract of ancient grazing marsh…

Wickham Bishops

Wickham Bishops is a village and civil parish in the Maldon district. Situated between Maldon and…

Bradwell-on-Sea

Bradwell-on-Sea is a village and civil parish in Essex, England. The village is on the Dengie…

Southminster

Situated on the Dengie peninsula, Southminster is a town in the Maldon District and is close to…

Purleigh Church

Purleigh is a village in the Dengie peninsula and within the District of Maldon. The area is close…

Heybridge Basin

Heybridge is adjacent to Maldon, near the River Blackwater and was mentioned in the Domesday book…

Thurrock Thameside Nature Discovery Park

A stunning and innovative visitor centre and Nature Park created on a former landfill site, with…

Abberton Reservoir

One of Europe's top Wetland sites, excellent bird watching opportunities and fabulous views over…

Fingringhoe Visitor Centre

Nature reserve over 200 acres of mixed habitat on the Colne Estuary. Nature trails, wheelchair…

Thorndon Nature Discovery Centre

Home to the Gruffalo trail Thorndon has a lot to offer for all ages, glorious woodland walks and a…

Picture of the Doctors Pond with houses in the background

Dunmow is a small market town, steeped in history with mellow plaster cottages, riverside church…

Guildhall and red telephone box

Thaxted is a beautiful small town in open countryside halfway between Saffron Walden and Great…

Saffron Walden colourful street of houses

Saffron Walden is a delightful medieval town with a rich heritage of old buildings, including the…

Great Chesterford

Great Chesterford is the quintessential English village with charming cottages set amongst the…

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The Essex Wildlife Trust manages nearly 240 acres of nature reserves on Danbury Ridge, a patchwork…

Mountfitchet Castle

Daring from Saxon times, Stansted Mountfichet is a village in the Uttlesford district and is near…

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