This former arable farmland was acquired by the Woodland Trust in 1998. The subsequent woodland planting and meadow creation has recreated a landscape with a parkland atmosphere, reminiscent of the parkland of the former Belhus Mansion.

A new woodland rich in history, Belhus Chase and neighbouring Gurnett’s Fields are part of the Thames Chase Community Forest, which is transforming the landscape to the east of London.  They are also connected to the area’s fascinating heritage as part of the grand Belhus Estate, and the woods’ planting scheme echoes the style of the estate’s Capability Brown landscaping.

Opening Times:

Accessible at all times

Features of the park include:

  • Site Area: 55.44 ha (137 acres)
  • Path Length: 4.5km
  • Path Conditions: Unsurfaced – 4.5km
  • Parking: There is no on-site car park, but parking is available in nearby Belhus Woods Country Park (charges apply).

Public Transport

  • Nearest Train/Tube: Upminster – 2.5km
  • Nearest Bus: 0.5km, Derwent Drive, Belhus
  • Bus Number: Arriva 373, service runs every half hour from Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays.
  • By car: From junction 30 of the M25 take the A13 east. At the first exit take the A1306 north towards Rainham. At the next junction go right onto Sandy Lane (B1335) and continue on to a roundabout. There, go left. The woods are about 2km further on, on the right.

Contact Information:

264 Romford Road
South Ockendon
RM15 4PD

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