Cherry Orchard Country Park
Grid ref: TQ 845 897 (click for o/s map)
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A country park created by Rochford Council on former farmland in the attractive setting of the rolling countryside of the Roach Valley. It has three plantations of native trees, a large lake and some open grassland, with a network of connecting paths and bridleways.
The existing hedgerows have many fine mature trees and the Roach – an attractive stream at this point – runs along its northern boundary. This combination of old and new habitats attracts a wide range of wildlife.
Edwards Hall Park is at the top of Bosworth Road, Eastwood – off Rayleigh Road (A1015). For Cherry Orchard, walk across the park to Flemings Farm Road and follow the bridleway from there. Footpath access also from Gusted Hall Lane, Cherry Orchard Way (B1013) or Blatches Chase, off Western Approach.
Regular bus services along Rayleigh Road.
Accessible at all times.
Paths can be muddy in wet weather.