Valentine's Day Park Walks

Discover romantic spots in the Essex Country Parks with panoramic views

Posted on 12th February 2021

Stuck for Valentine’s Day ideas? Looking for a change of scenery?

Make the most of the stunning parks in your local area and enjoy a Valentine’s Day stroll at one of the Essex Country Parks and capture some loved up photos.

Take a walk in the woods, feed the ducks on the lake, soak up the panoramic views and enjoy the health benefits of spending time in nature. Have a tree-mendous day out with the one you love this Valentine’s Day!

Here are some of our favourite walks that offer panoramic views to delight your Valentine – and your Instagram followers!

Remember to always follow government guidelines when you're planning a visit.

Thorndon Country Park

Thorndon Country Park

Surprise your Valentine with a view of the big city – capture a romantic shot with views stretching as far as London. Can you spot Canary Wharf in the distance?

Park at Thorndon South and head towards Old Hall Pond and through Ruin Wood. Soak up the views at the top of Pigeon Mount and watch the sun set (although make sure to exit the car park at dusk!).

Plan your visit.

Marsh Farm Country Park by Rob Haworth

Marsh Farm Country Park

It’ll be love at first flight if you visit Marsh Farm with your Valentine! You’ll be wowed by the vast selection of birds – from Brent Geese, Egrets, Avocets, Curlew to Wigeons – there are plenty of resident and over wintering birds to see here! Admire views over the Crouch Estuary as you stroll around the marshes. Don’t forget to grab a selfie with the sun glistening on the river!

Park in the car park and follow the footpaths adjacent to the river.

Plan your visit.

Hadleigh by Ricky Hooper

Hadleigh Country Park

Whether you’re a keen walker or prefer to sit and admire nature, at Hadleigh Country Park you can choose from a 1km walking trail up to a 9km loop of the park! From Chapel Lane car park, walk downhill until you reach the marsh and then turn left towards Hadleigh Castle. Follow the path until you reach the farm track, which will take you up to the castle.

You’ll be rewarded with sweeping panoramas of the Thames Estuary and the historic remains of Hadleigh Castle. Soak in the views with a flask of hot chocolate or tea.

Plan your visit.

Cudmore Grove

Cudmore Grove

Head to the eastern end of Mersea Island and Cudmore Grove and you and your Valentine can feel sand beneath your feet/wellies. Take an atmospheric walk along the beach filled with beautiful oyster shells. The beach and coast path offer impressive views across the Blackwater – an idyllic location to capture a lovely photo with your partner this Valentine’s Day. During the winter months, the park is brimming with wildlife, from wading birds to large flocks of Brent Geese.

Don’t forget to look out for red squirrels – Mersea Island is one of the few places in Essex where they can be found!

Plan your visit.

If you like this, you may also like our 5 Best Winter Walks blog which you can read here.