Enjoy natural wonder and inspirational days out in one of the most picturesque locations in Essex

Things to Do Fishing

About Hanningfield

Hanningfield Waterside Park is here for you to escape the mundane and discover extraordinary in the simplest, most magnificent surroundings.

Get the family out the house for a fun day in the forest or unleash your creative side as you explore green spaces and connect with nature at Hanningfield Reservoir. There is a stunning route through the Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve which runs along the shoreline and into the woods connecting up with the trusts visitor centre.

Although we do love our four legged furry friends, due to the site being a Site of Special Scientific Interest and full of wildlife and wildfowl, we are unable to allow dogs on any part of our site at Hanningfield. Assistance dogs are still welcome.

Our adventure playground is a play space that is designed to let young creative minds wander through play and discovery. From thrill-seeking tots to daring teens, our outdoor adventure playground encourages children to engage in the open air whilst boosting their health and fitness.

Hanningfield is renowned for its nationally important populations of wildfowl and the reservoir is a wonderful haven for nature and wildlife. With four bird watching hides you are certain to catch a glimpse of one of our flying friends.

Regarded by many as the best any method premier still water trout fishery in the UK, a visit here is a must for seasoned anglers. Relish some bonding time with your children or grandchildren and gain a lifelong skill with our fishing lessons.

After all the fresh air and fun, you’ll have definitely earned a break in the cafe. Not only are the views breathtaking, but with sandwiches and sweet treats as well as more substantial mains and an extensive drinks menu, Cafe on the Water at Hanningfield Waterside Park is your must-do pit stop during your visit.


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Where to find us

Directions to Hanningfield Waterside Park

From the A12 take Southend Road towards Howe Green. After three miles turn right at The Bell public house into South Hanningfield Road. After two miles, turn right into Giffords Lane just after The Old Windmill public house.

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