High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester's beauty spots. The Country Park includes woodland, open spaces (ideal for picnics) a lake and wildflower meadows. Along with marshy areas, hayfields and scrubland, High Woods provides the right habitat for thousands of different birds and mammals. It's free for humans too.
The Council's High Woods team looks after this gem throughout the year. Their welcoming approach to visitors and creative management of the park has lead to it holding the prestigious Green Flag Award since 2004. All in all, a place not to be missed by walkers, cyclists and families alike.
Directions to High Woods Country Park, which lies between Turner Road and Ipswich Road beyond North Station, Colchester.
Download our map, visitor and events leaflets, and find out Opening times for the Visitor Centre and car parks.
Events and how to organise an event
Find out about lending a hand working with the Countryside Team and become a Volunteer Ranger.
Fishing, activities and guided walks, environmental education sessions, forest schools and hiring fees and charges
High Woods Country Park provides a variety of habitats for study including woodland, grassland, pasture, scrub and wetland.
Led by fully trained volunteer walk leaders these walks take place every other Friday and Sunday, starting from the Visitor Centre.
High Woods Country Park is a wonderful place to exercise your dog.
Horticultural, educational, social and therapeutic services