Thorndon Country Park North

Thorndon Country Park North

Thorndon Country Park is home to the Gruffalo Trail.

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Thorndon Country Park is best know for its permanent Gruffalo Trail. This is a self-led trail around the woods, searching for carvings of the Gruffalo characters. Activity maps available from the Countryside Centre, at a cost of 50p. The centre opens at 9.30am. Keep dogs on a lead. Wear wellies  as it could be muddy!

This is also a lovely place to go for a walk or a cycle. In spring, the woodlands of Thorndon North are filled with the scent and colour of bluebells, anemones and other woodland flowers. The woods are rich in birdlife and attract many species of migrant and over-wintering birds including bramblings, siskins and redpolls. Childerditch Pond is both beautiful and tranquil. You can bring your picnics and BBQ’s.

Public toilets are available within the park, including disabled and baby changing facilities.

Opening Times

Monday – Sunday 8.00am – dusk. Closing times advertised at gate.


Pay and display parking:

Up to 30 mins £1
Up to 1 hour £2
Up to 2 hours £3
Up to 3 hours £4
Over 3 hours £5

Money from parking is used to maintain the park and protect its wildlife.


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