The Old Park is located within Thorndon Country Park and compromises of a series of newly planted woods, a network of hedgerows, veteran trees and extensive areas of open ground.  Part of the current design harks back to a time when the area formed part of a early 18th Century Capability Brown landscaped park and is registered as a Grade II Outstanding Historic Park which was originally laid out in 1412.

Contrary to its name, this is actually a young woodland on a grand scale in an old park. It is a great site to bring children, with lots of space to run around. Combined with the amenities provided at Thorndon Country Park, this makes a great day out.

The Woodland Trust acquired this site in 1992, as one of its "Plant-a-Wood" sites. The Trust planted the former arable farmland in "parkland" style; with blocks of oak, ash, sweet chestnut and hornbeam within extensive meadows.

Features of the Park include:

  • Site Area: 54.33 ha (134.25 acres)
  • Site Type: Public Access Woodland and extensive areas of grassland
  • Site Users: Open to all
  • Path Length: 2.5km (0.2km – Rough, 2.3km – Unsurfaced)
  • Parking: Less than 500m away (Thorndon Country Park South)
  • Dogs, cyclists and horse riding welcome

Public Transport:

  • Nearest Train Station: Brentwood – 3.9km 
  • Nearest Bus stop: 1.5km
  • Bus Number: First Thamesway – 73, 73A, 269

Contact information:

The Old Park

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