Hornchurch Country Park
Large country park that has a good mix of heritage and ecology.
The park was awarded gold in the Best Country Park and Large Conservation categories for London in Bloom 2015.
The former RAF Hornchurch base was used during the First and Second World Wars.
Squadrons of Spitfires based here played an important role protecting London during the Battle of Britain.
Various artefacts and relics of the site’s RAF history are still visible from within the park including an aircraft dispersal bay, pillboxes, and Tett turrets.
A designated Local Nature Reserve, the park is an integral part of the Ingrebourne Valley which is rich in wildlife and has good opportunities for bird watching.
The marshes (containing the largest freshwater reed bed in London) is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The park has open areas of grassland for informal recreation and a lake which can be used for fishing.
The play area includes a model Spitfire which is used as climbing equipment.
For those visitors who wish to exercise then there is an outdoor gym and ‘trim-trail’ which extends throughout the park.
Hornchurch Country Park directly joins several other local green spaces - Ingrebourne Hill, Berwick Woods, Berwick Glades and the Hacton/Gaynes Parkway.
Visitors car park
Essex Wildlife Trust visitor centre (opening daily 9am-5pm)
Inclusive play equipment
Fishing (visit our fishing page for information about rod fishing licences)
- Public transport
- 256 bus.
- Car park at Squadrons Approach, and a second, smaller one off of South End Road at Albyns Farm.
- There are many points to access the park, which include two car parks and links with a number of other local green spaces: Vehicle access Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch. RM12 6TS. South End Road, South Hornchurch. RM13 7YD. Pedestrian access Suttons Lane, Hornchurch. Link to Hacton Parkway. Link to Berwick Glades/Berwick Wood. Links to Ingrebourne Hill. You can view these locations in Google Maps.