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“Green oasis on the edge of town”

High Woods Country Park
Ranked #6 of 57 things to do in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place was originally earmarked for building on when the Highwoods development was being planned but with a concerted campaign the area of 198 acres of woods and surrounding fields were saved and are now managed as a country park. There is a visitor centre, small lake, set aside wildlife areas and an extensive network of waymarked walks, cycle ways and paths. This is a popular green space well used by local residents and visitors from further afield. Good views towards the town from some of the higher places as well.

Thank sfmann106
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"dog walking"
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"lovely lake"
in 9 reviews
"build dens"
in 4 reviews
"plenty of open space"
in 3 reviews
"signposted walks"
in 3 reviews
"pond dipping"
in 7 reviews
"climbing wall"
in 6 reviews
"different routes"
in 3 reviews
"great place to walk"
in 5 reviews
"green space"
in 5 reviews
"busy town"
in 4 reviews
"small lake"
in 4 reviews
"information centre"
in 3 reviews
"play area"
in 10 reviews
"few hours"
in 8 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 7 reviews
"gift shop"
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

Large car park, easy to find, toilets and information centre.
Wooded area - bluebell time’s a picture - lake and plenty of open space for family picnics. Enjoy!

Thank 347valerie
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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

We love coming to Highwoods Country Park and such a huge space for families, walking solo with with your dog. Cycling too is really good too.

So many different ways to visit the park from many locations including the main visitors centre off Turner Road.

Has a place to purchase food and drinks plus a gift shop.

Parking is £1 for 2 hours and £2 for 4 hours.

Thank SimonN393
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Reviewed 24 July 2018

Took my sisters dog for a walk in this huge park such a gem of a place especially in this gorgeousness hot weather

Thank Bloomfielder
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

We loved this park - we even walked there from Colchester. Wonderful place to walk - for both humans and dogs. There is a lake, walks through forest-like areas, and walks through open areas. There are three major paths clearly signposted and many other paths. Some areas are level, some are hilly. At one edge of the park you can get good views of Colchester off in the distance. Gorgeous scenery everywhere. There is a small visitor center with picnic tables near by so bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a walk or two. You can pick up a map of the area at the visitor's center.

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