Chafford Gorges Nature Park
January 2019: Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT) has made the very difficult decision to close their trading business, comprising of a café and small shop, at the Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre. The visitor centre will continue to be an important part of EWT’s activities, with staff based at the site prioritising our main charitable aims of Educating and Conserving nature. The trading element of our visitor centres is an addition to our charitable aims to financially support our main charitable works. As this was no longer a viable option, the regrettable decision was taken. The visitor centre is currently closed to the public and there is no access to the toilets. Please check our event pages to see what is coming up at Chafford Gorges, including guided walks and educational events.
Know before you go
Parking informationFree on site car park
Various routes around the round the gorges.
Some routes around the reserve are wheelchair friendly. See reserve map at Warren Gorge entrance.
When to visit
Opening timesThe visitor centre is currently closed. The reserve is open via the footpath entrance.
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
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.