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M25 Junction 29 country park dog walk, Essex


This is a fascinating open space, as it is really several parks within a park. If you have plenty of time there are routes of up to 5 miles, and helpful leaflets are available to help you spot the many interesting plants and flowers along the way.   Shorter walks are signed too, and facilities for wheelchair users are very good.


GPS coords for car park: 51.5995, 0.3197  P&D car park. WC+disabled, visitor centre, picnic tables, refreshments, shop, map and information board. Poo bins throughout park.


This is a fascinating open space, as it is really several parks within a park. If you have plenty of time on your hands and an interest in flora it's easy to spend several hours here with one of the useful leaflets from the information centre.

Dogwise though, there are two signed routes to enjoy.

The Wildside Walk (yellow signs) is a 5 mile route around the park. To get to the start point, follow the bridleway from the car park and turn left at the lake. After a short while you will see the Wildside Walk marker and you swing off to the left to follow the signs throughout. On the return leg, remember to turn left on the Bridleway through the woods to get back to the car park.

The shorter option is to take the Bridleway from the car park, through the Octagon Plantation and then turn right on the Public Footpath (red). Carry straight on until you reach the boundary of the wood, and then turn left. You will pass through woodland, continuing straight at the crossroads of paths, and emerge in the Old Park.

Then turn left onto a path shared with the Wildside Walk until you rejoin the Bridleway. Pass the lake on your left as you return to the car park.

Disabled Facilities

This is a very accessible park for the disabled, and dog heaven combined.

There are smooth and level circular routes leading from the left of the Visitor Centre, which are suitable for manual wheelchair, crutch or walking stick users, whilst still retaining the 'feel' of the forest and countryside.

For power chair or mobility scooter users, and  fit wheelchair pushers, there is a wide variety of tracks and grassland to choose from. In fact there are so many tracks it is easy to get lost!  Start with  fully charged batteries, then enjoy the adventure!

There are scooters available from the Visitor Centre. Refreshment and picnic areas,  and the Toilet Building close by has a disabled facility to modern standards.

Information on disabled facilities provided by Mo Aegerter, with grateful thanks.

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14 July 2022

Confusing walk signposting

Easy to find, and easy pay and display parking. We went on a Thurs, not in school holidays. Followed the yellow trail and took a picnic. Lovely and cool under the trees. The only problem was the yellow walk arrows stopped whilst on our walk and we ended up lost and on the A128. We think 1mile out of our way. Managed to find our way back, after asking locals,but on a busy, no pavement road with an exhausted dog. Signs in park need to be alot clearer and distance of each walk on information boards would be helpful. We would return but stay insight of the visitor centre.

Edited: 29th February 2024. The details of this listing may have changed, and though the Driving with Dogs team do our best to confirm the accuracy of every listing, we cannot guarantee that the details are fully up to date and accurate. If you know that any aspect of this listing is incorrect, please suggest an edit to let us know.