The Gruffalo's Child
  • The Gruffalo's Child
  • Meeting the Gruffalo's Child
  • The snake on the Gruffalo Trail
  • A small boy and his parents on the Gruffalo Trail

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Discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood with this self-led trail searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters. Starting at Thorndon Country Park, the trail is set within it’s beautiful woodlands.

Based around the popular Gruffalo story, this fun family trail will make memories that will last a lifetime. The trail helps children understand our native woodland and see it as a welcoming place. The Gruffalo Trail takes about 45 minutes. Get a map at the Countryside Centre in Thorndon North for a small charge. Please keep dogs on a lead and wear wellies!

There is no need to book to do the Gruffalo Trail as a self-guided walk.

(Essex Country Parks has been granted license use of the Gruffalo characters for this purpose by Magic Light Pictures.)

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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      Thorndon Country Park is easily accessible from the A12 or A127 and is situated along the A1023.Disabled parking is available on site.

      Thorndon Country Park Gruffalo Trail

      Type:Nature Trail

      The Avenue, BRENTWOOD, Essex, CM13 3RE

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      * Open every day from 8am until dusk. Please check the entrance gate for exact closing times when you visit the park.

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