Cely Wood

Photo Credit: Paul Vine

Surrounded by the ancient Warwick and White Post Woodlands, Cely Woods is home to meadows, a small wetland and many newly planted native trees.

As one of our largest woodlands, it has an excellent network of paths - many of them all-ability - and is a rich habitat with numerous insects and flowers.  Try observing the wildlife from the wooden bridge that straddles the stream, dubbed the Common Watercourse.

You can also continue your walk or ride to Belhus Woods Country Park via a pegasus road crossing on Romford Road, where you can also grab some refreshments from the Visitor Centre.

A page from the past

These woods are named after the Cely family, who bought part of the land in 1492 and moved here to escape the bubonic plague then ravaging London. A cache of 240 of the family’s business and personal letters, known as the ‘Cely Papers’, is the largest collection of its kind. It has provided historians with numerous valuable insights into the life of a late medieval merchant family.

Opening Times:

Dawn till dusk

Features of the Park include:

  • Site Type: Public Access Woodland
  • Size: 140.85 acres (57ha)
  • Walking and cycling: 3.5km (0.3km unsurfaced)
  • Horse riding: 1.5km and through grass rides
  • Parking: Free car park on Warwick Lane
  • Picnic Tables
  • Site Leaflet

Public Transport:

  • Nearest Train Station: South Ockendon/Upminster
  • Nearest Bus stop: 0.5km
  • Bus Number: Arriva 373

Contact information:

  • Site Management Organisation: Forestry Commission
  • Community Ranger
  • Phone:01708 642964
  • Email: thameschase@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Address:

  • RM13 9EW
  • OS Ref: TQ 560 834

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