Explore the idyllic countryside and enjoy magnificent views over the Thames Estuary with our range of walking trails, built to suit all abilities and ages.
The all-ability trail is 1.3km long and has a gradient of less than 12:1 for its duration making it more suitable for people with physical disabilities. The all-ability trail takes in several stunning views of the Olympic Mountain bike trail, Hadleigh Castle, the country park and the Thames Estuary.
The green trail is approximately 9km and is a multi-use trail where pedestrians have priority. The green trail surrounds the northern perimeter of the park and bisects the marsh reaching as far as Benfleet station to the West and Hadleigh Castle to the East. The paths are made of (grey) crushed limestone and should be shared between cyclists, walkers, pedestrians and horse riders (where signposted). This route is accessible to families but does contain some steep climbs and decent.
The remains of Hadleigh Castle, an impressive ruin of a fortress built over 700 years ago, immortalised on canvas by John Constable can be found only a short walk away from the car park.
We are continuing to extend our network of trails in order to offer more variety to our visitors and allow them to experience all the heritage and ecological aspects of Hadleigh Park.
Not only a great way to get some fresh air, exercise the dog or enjoy family time, walking has some fantastic health benefits. As well as helping you to stay in shape, feel happier, full of energy and sleep well, it also:
- Increases cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
- Reduces risk of heart disease and stroke
- Improves management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
- Strengthens bones and improved balance
- Increases muscle strength and endurance
- Reduces body fat.