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

Opening hours

Mardyke Woods is open from 8am to dusk.

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How to find us

How to find us
Mardyke Woods, South Ockendon
Sat Nav Postcode: RM15 6BD
OS Grid Ref
TQ 585 805

51.501258392258, 0.27990528556806

Parking and prices

There are no formal parking facilities at Mardyke Woods. 

Facilities and access

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Play Area

Contact details

Landline Number
01708 642964

Discover one of the oldest surviving woodlands in Essex, composed of Brannett’s Wood, Millard’s Wood and Low Well Wood!

Mardyke Woods was already well established when the Romans first arrived here in 54BC and is therefore well deserved of its official status as an Ancient Semi Natural Woodland!

There's a variety of woodland paths for you to explore, two adjacent play areas for your active little monkeys and is convenient for the nearby Mardyke Way riverside walk, where you can connect up with the Davy Down Urban Riverside Park.

Sitting right next door to the busy urban community of Grays, Mardyke Woods provides an escape into an interesting mix of ancient and modern that all ages can enjoy.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Veolia North Thames Trust, Forestry England is in the process of improving the woodland habitat for wildlife and creating a more welcoming space for people. With so much to see and do in the woods, this funding will provide more opportunities for local people, schools and youth groups to access and enjoy this beautiful woodland on their doorstep.

At a glance

  • Walking 
  • Cycling 
  • Horse riding bridleway links 
  • Play areas
  • Dogs welcome
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