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General

  • 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.


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Lovely tent, very clean with nice furniture & beds, helpfull staff.08/12/2020

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  • Fox 2 bedroom safari tent
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    The safari tent

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We couldn't have been made more welcome. Thank you!07/24/2020

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  • Badger 2 bedroom safari tent
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    Great accommodation, excellent location and brilliant host in Wayne

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Wayne and Rachel were great hosts and made us feel welcomed10/23/2019

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  • Squirrel 2 bedroom safari tent
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    Loved the safari tent. It was clean and had everything we needed for our stay. Wayne and Rachel were friendly and helpful and could answer our questions about the local area.

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    The fact we had only booked a couple of days!!!
    Should have booked longer!

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Everything about our stay. Clean, nice furniture, comfy beds, comfy …07/26/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKim H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Squirrel 2 bedroom safari tent
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    Everything about our stay. Clean, nice furniture, comfy beds, comfy seating on the veranda. An ideal spot. Wayne was so helpful at all times and he and Rachel are very nice people, who chatted away as if we’d known them for years. I can’t thank them enough for their kindness.
    We stayed for 2 nights and felt we could’ve stayed longer. You can make it as relaxing or adventurous as you wanted to.
    10 out of 10

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Highly recommend it all.06/24/2019

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    Brilliant Weekend. Facilities good. Staff excellent.

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Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Location

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  • Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Essex, England, SS7 2PP
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.5500°N 0.6008°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Hadleigh (Essex) Coach Stop — 0.5 miles
Leigh-on-Sea: London Rd Coach Stop — 1.3 miles
South Benfleet Coach Stop — 2.4 miles
Train stations
Benfleet Rail Station — 1.7 miles
Leigh-on-Sea Rail Station — 1.8 miles
Rayleigh Rail Station — 2.7 miles
Ferry ports
Wallasea Island Ferry Landing — 9.8 miles
Burnham on Crouch Ferry Landing — 10.7 miles
Tilbury Ferry Terminal — 12.2 miles
Airports
London Southend Airport — 4.6 miles
London City Airport — 24.0 miles
London Stansted Airport — 27.7 miles

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

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.

Must see

  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall (8.1 miles)
  • Dickens World (10.7 miles)
  • The Historic Dockyard Chatham (11.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Cobham Wood and Mausoleum (13.8 miles)
  • Owletts (14.0 miles)

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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  • What attractions are near Essex Glamping? 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 … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Essex Glamping?
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    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

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Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

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No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between 01/06 and 31/10 and between 01/11 and 31/05.

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Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

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