Chafford Gorges work party
Chafford Gorges visitor centre

Chafford Gorges Nature Discovery Park

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


Chafford Gorges Nature Discovery Park
Drake Road
Chafford Hundred
RM16 6RW
A static map of Chafford Gorges Nature Discovery Park

Know before you go

81 hectares

Parking information

Car park on site

Bicycle parking


Walking trails

Various routes around the gorges. 




On a lead
Please keep under control at all times


Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

The Nature Discovery Centre is currently closed.

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Chafford Gorges Nature Discovery 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 park 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.

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 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 centre 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. 

Contact us

Essex Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01621 862960
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Visitor Centre Room Hire

The visitor centre 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 Essex Wildlife Trust head office on 01621 862960 or email with any enquiries or for further details.