*This is a collaborative guest post
Nature lover? There are many fantastic places up and down the country to visit, but one place which stands out and everyone should visit is Rainham. This beautiful suburban town in East London boasts some fantastic highlights that any nature lover will adore, plus its proximity to the city centre means that it is easy to get to as well.
Here are a few of the highlights that you can expect here.
This elegant Georgian house in the heart of the town is a Grade II listed house owned by the National Trust. Originally built in 1729 for Captain John Harle, the house was closed to the public for a long time having been let to private tenants, but in 2015 it was open once again and a must-visit as one of the best examples of an early 18th-century merchant’s home in the country. For nature lovers, the garden has gorgeous gardens to explore and it is a nice place to take the dog, go for a bike ride or enjoy a picnic by the lake. Due to its central position, it is also easy to reach with trains to Rainham and then it is just a short walk.
Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve
The Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve is an incredible place to observe wildlife and one of the best in the capital. It is an important area covering 411 hectares for a wide range of creatures, such as breeding waterbirds, lapwings, wheatears, kingfishers, warblers, marsh harriers, water voles, butterflies and much more. This makes it a lovely place to explore and you can easily spend a few hours here with the cafe, picnic area and various other facilities.
The Hornchuch Country Park
Created from a landfill site in 1980 and covering 257 acres, the beautiful Hornchurch Country Park is a popular spot for walking, cycling and relaxing with picnic benches throughout along with casual angling which is possible at the southern end where you will find a peaceful lake. The park is also home to an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna so it is somewhere that a nature lover will enjoy exploring.
Belhus Woods Country Park
Located in South Essex, Belhus Woods spans over 300 acres with some of the finest scenery in southern England with idyllic meadows and lakes, ancient woodland and much more meaning that it is home to all kinds of wildlife too. You can enjoy a range of activities here, including walking, cycling, dog walking, picnics, birdwatching and there are also facilities including a child’s play area and visitor centre.
As you can see, Rainham is a superb place for nature lovers with a number of highlights to enjoy. Additionally, its proximity to central London also means that it is easy to visit no matter where you are coming from.