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The Wind in the Willows Trail

You can find the Wind in the Willows Trail at the beautiful Hanningfield Reservoir. There are a series of wooden sculptures and brass rubbings along the woodland trail at the Essex Wildlife Trust Nature Discovery Centre, There is also a garden area outside the visitor centre with Mr Toads caravan and other photo opportunities.

Where is the Wind in the Willows Trail in Essex? Essex Wildlife Trust Nature Discovery Centre, Hanningfield Reservoir, Billericay, CM11 1WT Google Maps link How much is Parking at the Wind in the Willows Trail? Free car parking at the large car park.

What facilities are at the Wind in the Willows Trail?? You pass through the visitor centre to start the trail. There is a shop, cafe and toilets inside the visitor centre. Toilets include accessible and baby change. There is also a gift shop with Wind in the Willows souvenirs and other nature based gifts.

How much does the Wind in the Willows Trail cost? Entry to Hanningfield Reservoir is free, donations are welcome to support Essex Wildlife Trust. Recommended donation - Adults £3, Children £1, Family £5.

Trail maps cost just £1 at the visitor centre, making this a very cheap day out. Is the Wind in the Willows Trail accessible and is the trail buggy friendly? The trail is well sign posted and the trail grounding is a mix of predominantly gravel pathways. The trail is mainly flat and therefore passable for wheelchair users or with a sturdy buggy. What age is it the Wind in the Willows Trail suitable for? Te simple trail is suitable for younger children. However there is plenty to explore in the woods for older children too.

How long does the Wind in the Willows Trail take to complete? The trail is 1.2km in length and takes 30 - 40 minute to complete.

Is the Wind in the Willows Trail Accessible and Buggy Friendly?

The trail is flat. It is in the woods so the ground is naturally a little uneven and very muddy. The EWT state the trail is accessible and buggy friendly, although it would be very difficult in wet weather.

Is there a playground at the Wind in the Willows Trail? There is not a playground close to the Wind in the Willows Teail. However, you can walk through the woodland and around the Reservoir to Hanningfield Waterside Park, where there is a cafe and playground. Waterside Park is about 45 minutes walk through the woods. If you are driving, Waterside Park is a 5 minute drive away - Hanningfield Reservoir Waterside Park, CM3 8HX

What else is there to do at Hanningfield Reservoir?

The Reservoir is home to many birds and therefore you will find plenty of birdspotters. There are bird hides along the route. A lovely opportunity to enjoy bird spotting.

More Trails If you love a Julia Donaldson character trail, you can check out the Essex Stick Man Trail! There is also an Essex Peter Rabbit Trail at Langdon, another Essex Wildlife Trust site.

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