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Explore Broaks Wood
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 2.5/5)

Looking up into the crown of a Giant redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum)





Most varied wood in Essex, includes an unusual example of a Giant Redwood grove - the world's tallest growing tree spieces.

The majority of the wood is designated as an Ancient Wooldand Site and has probably existed since the end of the last ice-age 12,000 years ago.

12th and 13th century pottery sites have been discovered in the wood. Woodbanks of a unknown date and specific wildflowers show evidence of its ancient woodland origins.

The wood was purchased from the Courtauld Estate by the Forestry Commission in 1956.


The wood covers 62 hectares and has over 5 miles of paths open to walkers.

Variety of wildlife

There are few sites in Essex to rival Broaks Wood for its variety of plants and animals. Records show 25 species of butterfly, 4 species of amphibians, 2 species of reptiles, 3 species of bat and many other mammal species including Fallow Deer. The site also has many species of wild flower. 

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

As far as woods in Essex go you can walk round this is great.shame about the dogs muck and there lazey owners.but there ,it seems to be the age we live in .i had my dog with me and it's so easy to pick up behind them,there's even a dog bin there..I'm a keen wildlife photographer and I think I'll be paying a few more visits here

Derek leonard, 28/Sep/2016

I counted over 30 piles of do poo on the path from car park to where the dens are ..gave up counting after that . ...awful a campaign to stop it needs to be installed ..maybe a free bags session to encourage them ??

Joanna , 8/Sep/2016
2 Stars 2 Stars

Nice walk with my 2 year old twins ruined by the amount of dog poo every other step a big pile just sitting there not cleaned up by the owners won't be going back which us a shame, yet again another place ruined by selfish lazy dog owners

Simon, 4/Sep/2016
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Last updated: 10th August 2016

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Off of the A1017 north of Gosfield
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OS Grid ref: TL784316

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Alice Greenacre

0300 067 4965

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the A1017 north of Gosfield
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