Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Contact details

Opening hours

How to find us

How to find us
Bonnetts Wood, Upminster
Sat Nav Postcode: RM14 2XR
OS Grid Ref
TQ 552 842

51.537724266078, 0.23903902990719

Parking and prices

Parking is available for free at Parklands car park. You can then cross the Park Farm Road to access the site. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Contact details

Venture off the beaten track at Bonnetts Wood, Greater London’s hidden haven

Named after the Bonnetts family who farmed these fields as part of their Central Farm from the 1920’s, Bonnetts Wood is now the perfect place to relax and unwind. 

Flower meadows, small streams and native trees provide the ideal setting for quiet nature watching, connected by a network of paths winding through the area.

In 2012, the site was doubled in size! We worked in partnership with Ingrebourne Valley Ltd to restore a former landfill site next to Bonnetts Wood, adding new paths, benches and thousands of new trees and shrubs. 

At a glance

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Flower meadows
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

A network of paths ring the young native trees and the stream to the west, connecting with a small flower meadow, in the south western corner of the site. 

Horse riders are welcome along a grassed and waymarked trail at Bonnetts Wood, together they make up 1.5km of trail.

You do not need a permit to ride in Bonnetts Wood. 

For more information on our facilities, opening times and contact details, please see our visitor information.

A network of paths ring the young native trees and the stream to the west, connecting with a small flower meadow, in the south western corner of the site. 

Nearby forests

Pond side path on open grassland

Come and roam the planted glades and wildflower meadows of this ancient farmland. You will be rewarded with excellent views of the Ingrebourne Valley, especially towards Hornchurch and Elm Park with an impressive hilly South Essex skyline in the distance.

Community on bridge over small stream in woodland

As one of Thames Chase's largest woodlands, Cely Woods has an excellent network of paths and is a rich habitat with numerous insects and flowers. 

The wildlife across the wetlands is a year-round treat. Try observing it from the wooden bridge that straddles the stream and see what you can spot! 

You can also continue through to Belhus Woods Country Park via a safe road crossing on Romford Road, where you can grab some refreshments from the Visitor Centre. 

walking generic

Thames Chase Forest Centre & Broadfields offers lots of features and bags of room for an exciting family day out.

The Thames Chase Trust runs the Thames Chase Forest Centre, providing the perfect venue for a quick snack or wholesome lunch, as well as the opportunity to purchase local crafts and gifts. Among the Thames Chase Forest Centre buildings, you can still see the original 17th century Essex Barn, stables and farm house.

Autumn Forest Floor

With 4km of pathways and connections to Hornchurch Country Park, you can do it all on Ingrebourne Hill. 

There’s a great deal to look out for. Whether it’s mountain bikes hurtling around the specially built track; taking in relaxing views whilst enjoying a picnic beside the lake; playing in the Spitfire Scramble play area, or just observing the wildlife.


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