A fishing platform at High Woods Country Park

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A place to feel good!
A walk or cycle in the park with some friends is a great way to relax, exercise and enjoy the company of others. Waymarked paths lead you through bluebell woods with glimpses of the lake and wildflower meadows with great views of Colchester.

Relax and Play
There are many ways to enjoy your time at High Woods. Relax in one of the many peaceful glades while the kids let off steam in the adventure play areas. Enjoy a hot drink at the visitor centre. Anglers can enjoy a day’s fishing (permits apply). If you want something more organised join our Health Walks on Fridays and Sundays, an ideal way to improve fitness in a sociable atmosphere. If you like vegetable gardening come along to the BIG Garden on alternate Saturdays.

We welcome responsible dog owners. All we ask is that you aid the enjoyment of other visitors by keeping your dog under close control at all times and on a lead in some areas, you ‘scoop the poop’ and use the dog bins at the entrances.

Good for you – good for wildlife
The park is run by its team of country park specialists who follow a site plan to conserve and enhance this beautiful place. Volunteers give tremendous help. All are committed to caring for High Woods and the animals and plants that share it. Management is carried out in a traditional way for wildlife and for future generations to enjoy. If you are looking for a social activity, work experience, to get fit, or simply have a passion for the park why not volunteer? Don’t worry if you are not an expert – training is provided.

For more information on the park and its facilities go to www.colchester.gov.uk/countrypark



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions


Road Directions

By Road:Come out of the train station and take the second exit on the roundabout, Bruff Close. Follow this road to the end where it meets Northern Approach Road (A134) Cross over the A134 and turn right into Turner Road. Continue along Turner Road and High Woods Country Park is the fifth turning on your right.Accessible by Public Transport: Colchester North station is 1 mile away.

High Woods Country Park

Type:Country Park

Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Highwoods, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR

Tel: 01206 853588

Fax: 01206 855287


  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Other AwardsGreen Flag Award Green Flag Award 2016

Opening Times

* Visitor Centre open daily 1 April - 30 September.
Monday - Friday 10am - 4.30pm.
Weekends 10.30am - 5pm
1 October - 31 March - weekends only.
10am - 4pm
Car park open 7am-10pm Summer, 7am-7pm winter.