Chafford Gorges Nature Park

A Natural Resource: Conservationists/Environmentalists

13th June 2022

Starts & Ends: Essex Wildlife Trust centre, Chafford Hundred

Booking for this walk is now closed but you can follow the route on your own.

We were welcomed at the Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT) Visitor Centre and were treated to a tour of one of their newly established mapped walks. Chafford Gorges Nature Discovery Park covers more than 200 acres and is one of the most varied and biodiverse nature reserves in Essex.

The newly created trails enable new and returning visitors to explore Chafford Gorges Nature Park fully and discover the features, history and natural wonders that they may not have noticed before. They also lead visitors to explore parts of the reserve with different wildlife, geology and past uses revealing its hidden gems and the rich history of the site.

EWT staff will took us on a guided tour of the site, sharing how they maintain it and the plans for the future.


  • 1.30pm: suggested meeting point, Essex Wildlife Trust Chafford Gorges Nature Discovery Park, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, Grays RM16 6RW
  • 1.30pm – 3.30pm: A 2-hour walk
  • 3.30pm: Arrive at Essex Wildlife Trust Chafford Gorges Nature Discovery Park, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, Grays RM16 6RW


  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Distance: 2.7 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Terrain: Unpathed footpaths, one set of steep stairs
  • Access: this walk is not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs


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The nearest train station at the Start/End: Chafford Hundred


Start/End: 33


Start/ End: EWT Visitor Centre Car Park, Drake Road RM16 6RW, free


This walk is not accessible for wheelchairs or large pushchairs.

T100 walks are of different lengths and on different terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and others mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. If this walk doesn’t suit you, there is probably another one that will.

Please note: You need to choose walks within your capabilities and ensure that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen. Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however, Kinetika, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes, especially unsupervised. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!

Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home.

Make sure you bring a packed lunch with you if necessary, and plenty to drink.

Toilet facilities can be accessed at the Visitor Centre.

We encourage you to bring face coverings with you. You will not have to wear face coverings for the duration of the walk but you may wish to wear them if you enter indoor spaces on the route, although this is optional.


If you take any of your own photos whilst taking part in the walk, we would love to see them. Share your photos on social media with #T100People.


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