Top Dog Walks at the Essex Country Parks

Whilst every Essex Country Park offers the perfect place to walk your fluffy friends, we’ve picked some of our top dog walks to suit you whatever you’re looking for.

Posted on 4th April 2024

1. Weald Country Park – for rolling, open spaces. Brentwood, Essex

With over 520 acres of grassland, woodland, and wildflower meadows, you’re spoilt for choice at Weald.

For one of our favourite dog walks head to Lincoln’s Lane car park and take the footpath across the ridge of the hill enjoying sweeping views across the park. Take a right down Chestnut Avenue through The Forest.

For a longer walk loop right round the lake into Belvedere Field, or keep the lake on your left for a slightly shorter route, heading back up the hill through Lake Field towards Stock Pond, Tea Cup Pond and enjoy those views once again. There’s plenty of space for you and your dogs to roam free.

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Woods at Weald.

2. Hadleigh – for an accessible loop. Castle Point, Essex

One of the largest open spaces in Essex with views to the Thames Estuary, Hadleigh Country Park at Castle Point is a great place to take dogs, toddlers and all the family.

Take the Pushchair Trail for an accessible route suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs (0.3km) or try the Family Trail (1.3km) to take in the beautiful views and enjoy the kid's play areas.

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Kid's play at Hadleigh

3. Belhus Woods – for agility and puppy training. Thurrock, Essex

Beautiful Belhus Woods is home to ancient woodlands, grasslands and five lakes. To visit the large fenced area and dog agility training zone take the footpath from the back of the car park (opposite where you would exit to visit the visitor centre) and head through the fields. You’ll find the dog agility area on your left. Carry on for the large enclosed area, perfect for training puppies and rescue dogs.

For a circular route loop back through Whitehall and Running Water Woods, back towards the visitor centre.

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You might also like the dog agility area at Thorndon South.

Path through the meadow in summer at Belhus.

Please remember to act responsibly when you visit. Always tidy up after your dog, always use a lead in busy areas and keep your pets under control. Please respect other visitors and wildlife. Be aware that some parks may also be home to grazing livestock.

Always follow current government guidance.

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