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Chafford Gorges Nature Park

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November 2017: Essex Wildlife Trust has decided to close the retail and cafe element of Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre, while the Trust carries out some research into the most suitable, long-term, sustainable use of the centre. As a result, the visitor centre is currently closed to the public and there is no access to the toilets.

However, education and events - including Christmas events - will continue, led by our education officer, and the nature park will continue to be managed by our ranger. The car park remains open and access is also available to the decking area and the seating on it.  

Chafford Gorges is set in a spectacular position over looking Warren Gorge. Chafford Gorges nature park offers 200 acres of green space for numerous wildlife and recreation for the 12,500 people living in Chafford Hundred.

The Nature Park is set in a spectacular position overlooking Warren Gorge. The park offers 200 acres of green space for wildlife and people of Chafford Hundred. A network of pathways take you around the lakes, meadows and woodland. You can get up close and personal with the wildlife, history and geology of the site. 

Visitor centre facilities

November 2017: Essex Wildlife Trust has decided to close the retail and café element of Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre, whilst the Trust carries out some research into the most suitable, long-term, sustainable use of the Centre. As a result, the visitor centre is currently closed and there is no access to the toilets. We will continue, however, to work with the many schools in the area via the visitor centre; in fact we are hoping to increase this work in the near future, with more resources available to work with more children, families and schools. We will also continue to manage the stunning, beautiful nature reserve for wildlife and people and our ranger will continue to be based on site. As a conservation charity we simply cannot afford to keep the retail and café element of the visitor centre open for the very few visitors who are currently using it. We are implementing some detailed research to find the best way forward to ensure the visitor centre is put to a sustainable use in the long-term.

Chafford Gorges is within walking distance of Chafford Hundred railway station.

If you have more than one dog, they must all be on a lead. Maximum of four dogs allowed. At Lion Gorge, all dogs must be on a lead.

Birthday Parties

Chafford Gorges visitor centre continues to offer birthday parties for children aged 2 upwards.

Visitor Centre Room Hire

The visitor centres has a room available for hire for a donation. It seats 20 conference style, approximate size 6 metres x 6 metres. Facilities available: cloakroom, sink area only, toilets, separate kitchen available for drinks only. Please contact the visitor centre for bookings or further details.

Nearby nature reserves

Cranham Marsh Nature Reserve
4 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
5 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Stanford Warren Nature Reserve
6 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Chafford Gorges
Nature Park
Drake Road
Chafford Hundred
Grays
Thurrock
Essex
RM16 6RW
Map reference
TQ 588 793
Great for...
a family day out
birdwatching
butterflies
fungi
geological interest
getting away from it all
historical interest
reptiles
spring flowers
spring migrant birds
stunning views
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
The visitor centre is currently closed
Facilities
Picnic facilities
Size
80.90 hectares
Access
Yes

Some routes around the reserve are wheelchair friendly. Please contact the visitor centre for more information.
Parking
Parking on site
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01375 643342
chafford@essexwt.org.uk