Hadleigh Park is a world-class mountain bike course that was originally created for the London Olympics and is still home to the top international races.
Today, with the support of Essex County Council and Active Essex, Hadleigh Park is also a great place for families to enjoy nearly 400 acres of idyllic countryside with views across the Thames Estuary. From bike trails and walks to children’s playgrounds and Parkour – there’s something for everyone.
The Hadleigh Park Cycling Academy
With its heritage as an Olympic venue, Hadleigh Park is uniquely placed to teach cycling skills whether you’re a beginner or elite professional. A team of friendly, professional coaches teach young children from 3yrs up to learn to ride in a safe environment. If you are looking to hone your skills there are two Pump Tracks and the Academy also leads weekly social rides and supports family friendly trails
Hadleigh Park runs a wide range of activities throughout the year including kayaking, sailing , archery, orienteering and much more! With parking space for 400 cars, a café and bike shop – there’s plenty to do and enjoy. Visit the website for free and bookable events.
Hadleigh Park was strategically important site during World War 2 with its position close to the Thames and the gateway to London. The replica Iron Age roundhouse shows how families would have lived or visitors can take a pleasant 1km walk to see the impressive 13th century ruin of Hadleigh Castle. Hadleigh also has a wealth of links to the Salvation Army with the opportunity to visit their rare breeds centre and tea rooms. The Salvation Army has been supporting community members to develop employment skills for over 100 years.
At 152 hectares (387 acres), Hadleigh Park is one of the largest in Essex, renowned for its views and undulating hills, pasture, hay meadow and marsh, old hedgerows and ponds, making it an ideal place to walk and watch the wildlife, fauna and flora. In spring, the bluebells, archangel and celandine put on a magnificent display. Summer sees the meadows in bloom with scores of butterflies drifting over, ideal for a picnic. In autumn, blackberries and sloes are a great attraction. Winter brings large flocks of birds and perhaps a chance to go sledging.
Visit their website for more information: hadleigh-park.co.uk