The Gruffalo Trail in Thorndon Country Park is great choice for a family walk in Essex. Thorndon Country Park’s Gruffalo Trail is a wonderful way to meet the Gruffalo and all his friends and you can turn your walk into an activity trail by purchasing a map at the shop! The Gruffalo Trail in Essex is a great little wander for little legs and a chance for the whole family to enjoy exploring the paths and wildlife along the way.
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Parking and Facilities – Gruffalo Trail in Essex
There is ample pay and display parking on site when you enter Thorndon Country Park from the north entrance.
Pricing is £2.20 for one hour, £3.30 for 2 hours, £4.40 for 3 hours and £5.50 for over 3 hours.
If you are planning to visit another Essex Country Park in the same day, such as Weald Country Park to visit Stick Man, it’s handy to know that your parking ticket is valid in both places.
Before you head off to find the Gruffalo, take some time to visit the the Countryside Centre open from 9am to 5pm.
Inside you will find a tearoom and a shop that sells all things Gruffalo, just in case you wanted to purchase a souvenir of your day, along with jams, cards, books, sweets and general goodies.
The Gruffalo Trail map is available here for 50p.
It’s a little bit of added fun to let your kids follow the map around the trail. All of the funds go towards the upkeep of the park.
The Gruffalo Trial in Essex
The trail is simple and there is no need to worry about getting lost or not seeing all of the characters. Start the trail with the mouse, creep up on the fox, say hello to all the other woodland friends and then finally discover the Gruffalo!
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You can also discover the joys of a wooded walk and teach your little ones about bivouacs and how to read the age of a tree!
Picnics and Play
Don’t forget to pack some snacks and a drink to enjoy on the way round.
Or even pack a picnic! Then you might decide to take on one of the longer walks around the north entrance?
O, and don’t forget to look out for the squirrel!
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If you want to explore another Essex Country Park head over to Weald Country Park to meet Stickman!