Chafford Gorges Nature Park
Essex Wildlife Trust has taken the difficult decision to cancel all of our events until the end of August. Read the Trust’s latest statement on COVID-19 here.
Thank you for your support and patience, we look forward to welcoming you back to our events as soon as we can.
Know before you go
Parking informationCar park closed due to COVID-19
Various routes around the gorges.
When to visit
Opening timesThe visitor centre is closed right now.
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Chafford Gorges nature 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 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.