Wild things to do in Brentwood. Swim the River Wid, forage for blackcurrants, cycle the bridleways around Thorndon Park or visit a unique graveyard museum.
Wild swim at Brentwood in pools and fords along the River Wid.
Shoulder Hall Ford
A swim hole and ford over the River Wid.
Two fords that once serviced an ancient settlement at Margeretting. Cool plunge in summer.
Brentwood’s woodland is one of the best places to photograph roe and fallow deer.
An alder, oak and hornbeam wood in a small river valley off the River Roding. Forage blackcurrants in July around the wettest parts. Enjoy a packed lunch at the stream through the centre of the valley.
Almost 400 acres of giant hornbeam and oak surrounded by ponds. Streams and submerged springs burst through the leafy peat after rain.
The best places in south Essex to photograph fallow deer. Fawns are born in June. Roe deer rut during July and August.
Brentwood’s pre-Roman, Druid history is linked to a unique series of hamlets called the Rodings.
A collective of hamlets – legacy of the geometric, and astronomical, ‘rod’ knowledge that druid and pre-druid cultures practiced here.
The B184 is a former holy track of the ancients that the Romans occupied, adopted and upgraded into a military road.
The Church of St Laurence has a tower made of timbers dating back to 1400.
The only museum in England found inside a graveyard.
Brentwood’s finest food.
The Olde Dog Inn
Billericay Road, Brentwood, Essex.
Prince of Wales
199 Roman Road, Brentwood, Essex.
88 Queens Road, Brentwood, Essex.
Talks, workshops and Essex tours
Workshops for schools, scouts, guides, community groups or businesses. Learn how to wild camp and forage, or where to hike, canoe and cycle in Essex. Also, talks on the unique history of land ownership in Essex, and how to enjoy the outdoors by understanding all the laws of access.
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