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High Woods Country Park

Visitors Centre Turner Road, Colchester CO4 5JR, England
+44 1206 853588
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Amazing place!

We came here to Geocache, we could have easily got lost in there! It is huge! Stunning and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sarah D
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Kent, United Kingdom
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Peace and tranquillity

Took young grandchild here. There's so much to do from walking fishing cycling picnicking. Or just... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
maisiemouseJaywick
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High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester's beauty spots. The Country Park includes woodland, open spaces (ideal for picnics) a lake and wildflower meadows. Along with marshy areas, hayfields and scrubland, High Woods provides the right habitat for thousands of different birds and mammals. It's free for humans too. The Council's High Woods team looks after this gem throughout the year. Their welcoming approach to visitors and creative management of the park has lead to it holding the prestigious Green Flag Award since 2004. All in all, a place not to be missed by walkers, cyclists and families alike.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“dog walking” (10 reviews)
“lovely lake” (8 reviews)
“fishing lake” (5 reviews)
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Visitors Centre Turner Road, Colchester CO4 5JR, England
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+44 1206 853588
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here to Geocache, we could have easily got lost in there! It is huge! Stunning and beautiful with plenty to look at and admire. We didn’t see as much as we would like as we were short of time but will come again...More

1  Thank Sarah D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took young grandchild here. There's so much to do from walking fishing cycling picnicking. Or just sitting in the woods listening to the animals or sitting by the water side at the lake. Teas and coffee available toilets ample parking wonderful day out

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

Visit regularily. Good car park,not expensive. Delightful signed walks any time of year, with a variety of length. All well maintained with wooded walks and open spaces.Lots of wildlife. Play area with apparatus for younger children.Neat cafe (limited fare) with informative displays on what you...More

1  Thank D R
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Highwoods Country Park is a wonderful escape from the busy town. The centre piece is a large lake with ducks and wildlife. Plenty of secluded areas to explore. Perfect for dog walking and hiking. Close to the nature centre are age categorised play areas. The...More

2  Thank Darren A
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

An oasis in Colchester, ancient woodland, a small lake, large grass areas , meadow land and really good little visitor centre, also play areas for children

1  Thank davidpwhittall
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Looking out of the lounge windows it was a great day, the dogs were chomping at the bit for a walk so we ended up here. You cannot feel the wind through the lounge window! It was very cold (not the parks fault, as I...More

3  Thank Andrew_Paul_Cooper
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Its a lovely natural country park area , and I came across it whilst visiting the hospital. Good for dog walking and for families .A good bit of space to let off steam. But here is my gripe , If it is a park run...More

Thank macsanddogs
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

Visiting area from West Yorkshire - needed a place for kids and dogs to let off steam! Fabulous walk - beautiful wide grassy paths, loads of space and wonderful views. Great for exploration by younger member of family! Will definitely return on our next visit...More

1  Thank raven2018
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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Family visited..and had dogs with them..two alsatians..so we all went for a walk round Highwoods Country Park..as we live close by..the dogs went mad running around..it is massive you can walk for miles..and love the lakes.

1  Thank bigbarryEssex
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

With Colchester getting so built up and all the green space seemingly being sold off for yet more housing by Colchester Council it's a pleasure to have this large open space to walk or even cycle around. Hopefully they won't see fit to sell this...More

1  Thank Boyd R
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Jenny T
4 October 2017|
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Response from bruce543210 | Reviewed this property |
A few miles
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Oliver123136
24 August 2017|
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Response from Pandora998 | Reviewed this property |
Certainly - there are two excellent play areas that cater for younger and the more adventurous opposite the path from each other just down from the visitor centre.
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Sharon T
26 August 2016|
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Response from Colchester B | Property representative |
Yes there is a Visitor Centre located at the turner road entrance. The Visitor Centre can provide tea, coffee, cold drinks, ice cream as well as a selection of confectionary and souvenirs. the Visitor Centre is a cash only... More
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