The fishing lake at High Woods Country Park

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High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester's best-loved beauty spots, with plenty of opportunities to relax, play and explore the large grounds. 

A walk or cycle in the park  is a great way to exercise, with waymarked paths leading you through bluebell woods whilst catching glimpses of the lake and wildflower meadows and taking in the great views of Colchester. You can find three circular walking trails of varying lengths here.

The adventure play area, close to the main car park, is a great kids activity and you'll also find a dedicated picnic area nearby. The visitor centre opens in peak times and sells refreshments as well as providing interpretation for the park and more family activities.

Anglers can enjoy a day’s fishing in the lake, and permits to do so can be obtained from Colchester Borough Council.

There are also several organised activities, community groups, and childrens activities taking place throughout the year. These range from regular health walks to den building in the woods, pond dipping, or helping out in the community garden. Keep an eye on our events page for up-to-date information.

Responsible Dog owners are welcome. 

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Monday, 22nd May 2023 - Monday, 22nd May 2023

A footpath at High Woods Country Park leading out of the woods into an open field. A lake is in the distance.Family Wellness WalkEnjoy a light stroll around the park whilst having a walk and talk.
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  • 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.