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Hatfield Forest Nature Reserve

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We enjoyed our walk here, it's very peaceful and there was still some autumn colours which was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
matt f
Arrington, United Kingdom
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Exciting nature trails through wooded area

This National trust forest is suitable for all abilities safe wooden walkway. Lots of chances to... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Richard M
Maldon, Essex
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The car park was wonderful if you enjoy muddy potholes. Didn't get to see much else as the parking was £6 and I only wanted to spend a short time there. Massively overpriced. Thanks national trust my dog is now rather disappointed. Won't be visiting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our walk here, it's very peaceful and there was still some autumn colours which was lovely! The walkways were a little slippery but we were careful. The lake is nice too, again very peaceful. I definitely think the toilets and other facilities let...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank matt f
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This National trust forest is suitable for all abilities safe wooden walkway. Lots of chances to see small wildlife, grazing cattle & feed the swans on the huge lake. Picnics are welcome but there is a limited cafe for snacks, sandwiches & drinks. Dogs welcome...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard M
Reviewed 31 October 2018

I think that I will avoid Hatfield Forest as there is a large amount of barbed wire that is difficult to see and is dangerous, particularly for dogs. Parking at Autumn half-term was restricted to the tiny car park at the entrance. The main car...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

Nice little lake and there’s a small cafe near the car park. I just wish staff would go round the walkways and clear up all that cow mess on the pathways. Unhygienic and not safe for young kids

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Takeley1000
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely walk around the forest on a beautiful day to make terrific use of our new NT membership. At the entrance kiosk a helpful girl pointed us in the right direction. The cafe kiosk had excellent service and super cups of coffee. Only...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank love_britain49
Reviewed 25 September 2018

We enjoyed the walk from the car park along the board walk to the beautiful shell house. We met the informative guide who told us about the history of the summer house. We saw ducks and swans. There were toilets, a place to purchase drinks...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank judiths262
Reviewed 23 September 2018

Attended Woodfest festival. Festival is free and Camping is well overpriced. Lots of food (mostly unhealthy and not enough food stalls for the number of people) and stalls, with a good balance on natural products. My friends enjoyed the yoga. Fabulous site, we did lots...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Elephantemg
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Visited with my young daughter and had a great time. Easy to find - 5 mins from roundabout for Stansted Airport services, and when you arrive the main entrance is manned with a NT member to help and answer questions. The whole area is well...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dan_uk_travel
Reviewed 21 September 2018

We stopped here to have a nature walk and picnic on our journey to the south coast. The forest was lovely, thought the signage could have been a little clearer to the cafe area.Impressed with the board walk ways. On arrival at the cafe area,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from frequentflyersuffolk | Reviewed this property |
Definitely - the cafeteria has tables outside so there is nowhere dogs are not welcome