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Opening hours

Broaks Wood offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year.

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How to find us

How to find us
Gosfield, Essex
Sat Nav Postcode: CO9 1UP
By Car

Off the A1017 north of Gosfield.

OS Grid Ref
TL 784 316

51.9525338, 0.5979254

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Broaks Wood.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

Facilities and access

Bird hide
Easy access trail

Contact details

Visit the most varied wood in Essex and see a unique Giant Redwood Grove, the world's tallest growing tree species

Broaks Wood is home to a unique variety of tree species and includes a spectacular example of a Giant Redwood Grove, the world's tallest growing tree species!

The majority of the wood is designated as an Ancient Woodland Site and is estimated to have existed since the end of the last ice age, 12,000 years ago. Woodbanks of an unknown date and specific wildflowers show evidence of its ancient woodland origins. Pottery sites from the 12th and 13th century have also been discovered in the wood.

The wood was purchased from the Courtauld Estate in 1956 and now has five miles of open paths for you to explore.

At a glance

  • Stunning Giant Redwood Grove
  • Walking trails

Things to do

Visit Broaks Wood for a quiet stroll or leg-stretching walk and discover its interesting historic background, unique wildlife and Giant Redwood Grove, the world's tallest growing tree species!

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

 

Nearby forests

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Chalkney Wood is an attractive example of ancient woodland that is currently transitioning to a site of native tree species.

Visitors are welcome to explore the woodland on foot. 

Dog walking in autumn among leaves

Located on the northern edge of the Lark Valley, West Stow Wood is a diverse woodland with belts of old pine and oak as well as newly planted and mature conifers.

Dale pond supports a variety of wildlife in the area, made special by its incredible diversity of dragonflies. It's also a summer watering hole for many birds!

Mildenhall Warren

Visit Mildenhall Warren and enjoy a peaceful walk where you'll find a wide range of wildlife. 

As a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), there is also evidence of human habitation dating back 500,000 years and 700 years of rabbit warrening.

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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.

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