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Chafford Gorges Nature Park

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All our visitor centres will be closing at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Chafford Gorges visitor centre 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 centre 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. The visitor centre provides information about the park to help you make the most of your visit.

Visitor centre facilities

The gift shop includes hot and cold refreshments, cake and snacks. We also sell toys, books, bird feeders & feed, greeting cards and much more. The toilets are wheelchair accessible and include baby changing facilities. A hearing loop is available. Whilst enjoying a drink on the deck, you can watch the birds at the feeding station.

Chafford Gorges visitor centre 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 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
Find out here
Public transport
Plan your journey
Opening Times
Open Monday to Sunday 9am - 5pm (November, December & January 9am - 4pm)

Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day
Facilities
Cafe
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Toilets
Disabled toilet
Baby changing
Size
80.90 hectares
Access
Yes

Some routes around the reserve are wheelchair friendly. Please contact the visitor centre for more information.
Walking information
Trail guide available from the visitor centre for £1
Parking
Parking on site
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01375 484016
chafford@essexwt.org.uk