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.

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.


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

Know before you go

81 hectares

Walking trails

Trail guide available from the visitor centre for £1


Some routes around the reserve are wheelchair friendly. Please contact the visitor centre for more information.


On a lead


Visitor centre
Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

When to visit

Opening times

The visitor centre is currently closed.

Best time to visit

All 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.

Contact us

Essex Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01375 484016

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)