The Gruffalo Trail at Thorndon Country Park

The Gruffalo Trail at Thorndon Country Park

Another great choice for a family walk in Essex is Thorndon Country Park. Meet the Gruffalo and his friends along the Gruffalo Trail enjoy exploring the paths and wildlife along the way.

On the trail and on the lookout for the Gruffalo
On the trail and on the lookout for the Gruffalo

Address

The Avenue, Warley, Brentwood CM13 3RZ

Parking and Facilities

There is ample pay and display parking on site when you enter Thorndon Country Park from the north entrance.

Pricing is Β£2.20 for one hour, Β£3.30 for 2 hours, Β£4.40 for 3 hours and Β£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.

Shopping

Thorndon Country Park Centre home to the cafe and shop
Thorndon Country Park Centre home to the cafe and shop

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.

Trail Map
Trail Map

You can also purchase a map of the Gruffalo Trial for 50p.

It’s a little bit of added fun to let your kids follow the map around the trail, and all of the funds go towards the up keep of the park.

The Gruffalo Trial

Starting the Gruffalo Trail
Starting the Gruffalo Trail

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!

Finding the fox on the Gruffalo Trail
Finding the fox on the Gruffalo Trail
Slithering around with the snake in his log pile house
Slithering around with the snake in his log pile house
Map reading to find the Gruffalo
Map reading to find the Gruffalo

Discover Even More

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!

Exploring a bivouac
Exploring a bivouac
Counting the rings inside the trees
Counting the rings inside the trees

Picnics and Play

Don’t forget to pack some snacks and a drink to enjoy on the way round.

Taking a break on the Gruffalo Trail
Taking a break on the Gruffalo Trail

And you can also pack a picnic to make more of a day out of it before you you decide to take on one of the other 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!

Stick Man at Weal Country Park

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