Woodland walks in Essex
As the season changes, the buds burst into life with pinks and bright greens, and the animals come out of hibernation, a walk in a spring woodland can be just the ticket. Explore these 5 beautiful woods close to c2c stations.
Hadleigh Great Wood
Nearest c2c station: 20 mins walk from Leigh-on-Sea
This Southend-on-Sea Borough Council wood is great for family walks. There are good facilities on site (for those all important pit-stops) as well as a golf course, riding stables and restaurant if you want more from your day out. Plus the paths are decent for exploring the woods easily.
Nearest c2c station: 20 mins walk from Laindon
Even thought these woods are close to Basildon town, once you're in them you feel like you're miles away from town or city life. Keep your eyes peeled as there's lots of wildlife to spot. And the paths are great for gentle walks for cycling. They even have the remains of old plotland developments to see.
Nearest c2c station: 20minutes walk from Laindon station
These Thurrock council woods are part of Langdon Hills Country Park. There are ancient woodlands that date back to prehistoric times with pretty, flower-rich grassland meadows. Lots of trees means lots of birds - making it paradise for spotting little winged friends. Horseriding, cycling and walking are all allowed on the well mainted networth of footpaths.
Thames Chase Forest Centre
Nearest c2c station: 25 minute walk from Upminster
A great one for kids to explore, there's logs a plenty to clamber over as well as Trusty Oak play equipment. Take them to the pond to spot wildlife, admire the apple and pear orchards, hide out in the tipi and run off all that excess energy. And best of all there's a cafe for a well earned cuppa at the end.
Nearest c2c station: 30 minutes walk from Benfleet
Hop off the train at Benfleet and the stunning scenery begins immediately. Take a scenic walk through Hadleigh park to get to Shipwrights wood. Ancient woodland, orchards and fields make up the terrain and a special woodland walk has been marked to make it easy to explore.