Celebrate National Parks Week Here At The Marygreen Manor

The countryside views

It’s National Park Week!

Right now we’re slap bang in the middle of National Park Week, the annual celebration of all things wonderful and unique about Britain’s countryside. This year, from Monday 27th July through to this coming Sunday 2nd August it’s the annual celebration of our national parks and breathtaking countryside and let’s face it, here in Essex we’ve got a generous amount of what a lot of people deem breathing space amongst the otherwise concrete jungles that surround us.
National Parks are so much more than just places to play; they’re places of inspiration. They’re also home to productive landscapes that offer us some of the best produce in the world. Here in our very own Tudors Restaurant, we enjoy a lot of local produce that’s grown from some of the most beautiful countryside’s in Essex.

Enjoy walks through the countryside during National Parks Week

So for those who might not be so “outdoorsy” should we say, what can the countryside offer? Well, how about walking? Walking happens to be one of the most popular activities in all of the National Parks in the country and when you think about it, is it really that surprising? People pay huge subscriptions and membership fees every month to jump on top of a treadmill in a dark, cold gym. Often faced with four walls and the odd TV to keep them entertained, they find exercise hard but why bother doing that when you could exercise for free in the great outdoors? Throw in a local pub for that much needed light refreshment along with the breathtaking views and you have your perfect location for some cardiovascular exercise. Public footpaths and open access land can be found on all good maps, not to mention the number of walking guides and books offering routes to follow. If the thought of jumping headfirst into an exploration sounds a little too much for you then why don’t you take a look at some of the guided walks and events? Not only is this a great way to explore somewhere you don’t know but it can also be a great way to meet people too. By enjoying the company of a guide you’ll also be privy to a lot of information such as highlight points and local history. Walking along the quiet footpaths in some of our countryside can also allow you to get a little closer to nature and some of the more wild residents. Take some binoculars and see how many creatures you spot.

Just because you prefer a higher-octane lifestyle however doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t enjoy what the great outdoors has to offer. Cycling is a fab way to get out and enjoy Britain’s breathing spaces. Whether it’s a family bike ride along the woodland routes or perhaps a quiet country road, cycling can often allow you to get off the beaten track and explore more in one day than if you were on foot.

Landscaped gardens are the next best thing here at Marygreen Manor

a hanging basket in the marygreens manicured gardens

The perfect views

The Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant is often chosen for the fact that it’s super easy to get to via road or rail but it’s also located perfectly for those who might want to explore the beautiful countryside here in Essex. One of the most popular locations for exploring the countryside for our guests is Thorndon Park. Whether it’s Thorndon North or Thorndon South, you’re guaranteed to find something to do from finding the famous Gruffalo Trail to taking in the views as far as Canary Wharf. Weald Country Park is just another example of some of the beautiful woodlands and open spaces we have just a stones throw from the hotel. Offering over 500 acres of lakes, hay and meadow, Weald Country Park offers unspoilt countryside as well as the chance to feed the deer with vegetable cuttings from the local shop.

For some however, even a walk through the woods can feel like too much effort, especially when you’re looking to relax and recharge from the everyday stresses of life but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors and stunning views. Right here in our very own space we have beautiful landscaped gardens that offer the perfect surroundings for rest and relaxation so whether you’re looking to get out and explore or simply want to remain within the walls of Marygreen Manor, you can enjoy all that nature has to offer during National Parks Week.

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