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- Essex country park site with bike trails used for the 2012 Olympics
- A 25-minute drive from Southend-on-Sea; 45 minutes by rail from London
- Kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing and walks from site
Got your sights on the 2020 Olympics? Put in some practice at Hadleigh Park.
This comfy spot amid a forested country park in Essex has some history to it. In 2012, its 18km of trails were the venue for the Olympic mountain biking heats, with gold medals won by the Czech Republic and France; pedal in their tracks and who knows? Maybe you’ll end up on that podium.
It’s tough work, Olympic biking but handily the team at Essex Glamping have worked hard to set up a top-notch comfortable spot to stay. Soft beds and sofas inside, outdoor verandahs with firepits to enjoy the peace of the forest park and grill your bangers alfresco. (Eat out the café if you prefer.) They’ve struck a fine balance between home comforts and the purpose of being out in the countryside: there’s solar lighting and cold water to collect from a tap but otherwise, it’s you and the outdoors, off-grid. (Washrooms with hot showers being one welcome exception.)
If you’ve less of a penchant for pedal power, there are fine trails to walk round the park, a favourite being the one to 13th-century Hadleigh Castle ruin, looking out onto the Thames Estuary. If you’re more into watery antics, there’s kayaking and paddleboarding on the reservoir, and the fishing lakes are brimming with bream and carp, tench, roach and pike. For fish battered and fried, along with other edibles, it's a 10-minute walk to the shops and eateries of Hadleigh.
Open from 07/04/2020 to 03/01/2021
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We couldn't have been made more welcome. Thank you!
Wayne and Rachel were great hosts and made us feel welcomed
Everything about our stay. Clean, nice furniture, comfy beds, comfy …
Highly recommend it all.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
Hadleigh (Essex) Coach Stop
— 0.5 miles
0.5 miles Leigh-on-Sea: London Rd Coach Stop — 1.3 miles
1.3 miles South Benfleet Coach Stop — 2.4 miles
- Train stations
Benfleet Rail Station
— 1.7 miles
1.7 miles Leigh-on-Sea Rail Station — 1.8 miles
1.8 miles Rayleigh Rail Station — 2.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Wallasea Island Ferry Landing
— 9.8 miles
9.8 miles Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 10.7 miles
10.7 miles Tilbury Ferry Terminal — 12.2 miles
London Southend Airport
— 4.6 miles
4.6 miles London City Airport — 24.0 miles
24.0 miles London Stansted Airport — 27.7 miles
Those seeking sand and sea should head 20 minutes to Canvey Island for peaceful walks and views, or 25 minutes to Southend-on-Sea for the full-on day out experience involving thrill rides at Adventure Island, pier walks, jellied eels and sandcastles or boat cruises to the strange wartime Maunsell Forts marooned out at sea.
A little further round the coast at Shoebury (half an hour), try kite-surfing on East Beach, or get your boots on to explore the almost deserted wilderness of the Dengie National Nature Reserve (an hour); empty it may seem but this coastal area is teeming with birds and home to a colony of seals whose red colouring occurs nowhere else in the world. (The only way is Essex, eh?)
For trainspotters and steam buffs, the Mangapps Railway Museum (40 minutes) has a staggering collection of locomotive artefacts and runs steam and diesel rides on heritage trains, along a 10-minute trip to Old Heath. You can also catch bigger, modern trains from the station at Leigh-on-Sea (10 minutes) for a 45-minute trip to the sights and shops of London.
- RHS Garden Hyde Hall (8.1 miles)
- Dickens World (10.7 miles)
- The Historic Dockyard Chatham (11.3 miles)
- Cobham Wood and Mausoleum (13.8 miles)
- Owletts (14.0 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
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When can I check in and check out of Essex Glamping?
On-site accommodation Arrive: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: 10 a.m.