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The Best Dog Walks In Essex

Discover these beautiful walks that are worth taking your dog in Essex!

Here we have listed some great country parks, woodland and waterside walks that we think will be perfect for any dog that wants to explore Essex!

Cherry Orchard

6 Cherry Orchard Way, Rochford SS4 1GP

Cherry Orchard Country Park is ideal for dogs of any kind! With their massive grounds reaching up to 200 acres. The grassland, woodland and lake offer plenty of wonderful trails to follow and explore. Your dogs are bound to burn off a lot of energy as they frolic through these exciting grounds! You can bring older dogs or younger dogs and this may even be the ideal place to let your puppy off for the first time with some slightly fenced-in areas that are perfect for practising recall. This country park is also filled with plenty of species that you may have never even discovered before! See if you can spot any of these when you visit. Birds that can be spotted at the park include Skylark, Fieldfare and the Grey Partridge. Find beautiful trees and learn about each type of tree including Oak, Ash and Hornbeam trees. The car park is also free to use on weekends!

Epping Forest

19 Station Approach, Theydon Bois, Epping CM16 7HR

Epping forest is very well known for being a brilliant place to walk the dogs. This huge woodland provides plenty of exciting paths for you and your furry friends to discover. Each trip you are bound to find a brand new route that will lead you to somewhere completely new. The forest is truly enchanting and you will feel almost as if you have walked straight into a fairytale. There are also ponds waiting to be found in between the trees where your pups can enjoy splashing around! One of the trails called the Oak Trail starts at Theydon Bois Station, which means if you do not drive there is no need to worry!

Two Tree Island

Belton Way (by Leigh-on-sea train station) Leigh on Sea, Essex, SS9 2GB

Two Tree was originally used for farming after being reclaimed from the sea. It has now become a nature reserve and is a perfect spot to walk your dog. You will be bale to find plenty of wildlife around this nature reserve although they may be hiding at the time you will still be able to spot their habitats. Due to it being coastal you can look out onto the calming water as you sit on benches that have been placed strategically to capture wonderful views and to immerse you into the sounds of nature. You can also bring a packed lunch down with you which you can enjoy at one of the picnic areas. They also have a free car park that hods 30 cars and plenty of walking trails.


East Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8UE

This island is considered small but is definitely worth the visit. It is filled with adventure and life. Including country parks, restaurants, holiday parks and pubs! Cudmore country park is perfect for a dog walk with is large amount of grassland and lovely sandy beach that your dog will love frolicking across!

Hockley Woods


Hockley woods is the largest area remaining from the wild wood. The wild wood spread across Essex during the Ice Age which took place over 10,000 years ago. This woodland is filled with plenty of different tree types such as Oak and Swee Chestnut. There are also bird feeders hanging on trees which attract different bird breeds. There are two trails that you can follow through the woods. One trail is shorter than the other so if your dog gets tired easily this would be recommended but if your dog is a ball of energy the longer one will be sure to wear them out! And at the end of the walk, you can reward yourself with a drink and some food in the dog-friendly pub that is within the woods. The parking is also free on weekends!

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