National Trust Wild Camp

Hatfield forest WT NT

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A unique opportunity to reconnect with nature and wild camp with us in Hatfield Forest.

1 -3 June 2018

22 – 24 June 2018

Booking via National Trust Website only

The event will be hosted by Woodlife Trails who have the authority of the National Trust to oversee the event.

The event is designed to provide you with an opportunity to experience wild-camping in the Forest and reconnect with nature.

Woodlife Trails staff will be on hand to offer advice.

Additionally, Woodlife Trails staff will demonstrate some aspects of Forest/woodland survival, countryman skills, bushcraft, tracking and natural history throughout the weekend.

This may include sharp tool safety, basic carving techniques, fire-lighting, night vision, aspects of forest & woodland survival, introduction to tracking, wildlife-watching and plant and tree identification.

Please note this is not a course and there is no set itinerary for the demostrations/activities.

Certain demonstrations are dictated by the weather and time of year.



Please meet at the Main Entrance Kiosk, Hatfield Forest at 6pm on Friday.

Late-comers may have to wait for entry as the main entrance must remain locked.

The event will conclude approximately 3:00pm on Sunday.

Please note the following:

If you arrive early, please wait in the car park for a member of Woodlife Trails staff to arrive.

The main gate is closed to the public at 5pm. Do not worry if you see that the gate is locked.

Please notify us on one of the numbers below if you are going to be delayed for any reason.

Late-comers arriving after 6pm may have to wait for entry as the main entrance must remain locked. Please be patient.

Once we have met you, you will be able to drive your vehicle to the Lake area car-park within the Forest but there is no vehicular access to the base-camp site (10 mins walk into the Forest.)

We will transport any kit to the base-camp for you if you wish – so bring whatever you need preferably in as few bags as possible.

Ensure you check the kit list below.

Please remember that the event is self-catering.

Sorry – No dogs.

As per National Trust guidelines – the event is not suitable for children under 6 years old.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18

For more information please contact us


View Hatfield Forest, Essex in a larger map

The post code is:

CM22 6NE

Map reference of the Main Entrance is:

TL 54697 20241


From M11 Exit 8, take B1256 towards Takeley

Turn right off the B1256 – Signposted National Trust Hatfield Forest

Go under a bridge and continue for approx. 1 mile.

Turn right into the main entrance car park.

Please notify us if you are going to be late or if you are delayed for any reason.

Please call or text to one of these numbers (NB reception may be poor – keep trying.)

07787 563140

07967 417583

Kit List

Please ensure you have the correct equipment for you and your family group.

Woodlife Trails staff may refuse your group if they do not have suitable clothing or equipment.

Please view a suggested kit list here


The toilet facilities are located 15 minutes walk away from the base-camp area at the Lake/Cafe car park

There are no other toilet facilities in the area.

You will be supplied with drinking water.

Health and Safety

Please read the Health and safety brief here:

Health and safety brief NT Wildcamp Event Hatfield v1 2

You must also attend an on-site briefing at the start of the weekend.

The senior family member will be responsible for the behaviour and safety of the family group.


We hope you enjoy the event.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


You may leave your vehicle at the Lake area car park within the Forest at your own risk.

This car park is open to the public during Forest opening hours. Please note members of the public can still gain access to the Forest after 5pm.

You are advised to ensure valuables are taken to the base-camp.

Mobile phone network access

Network access is limited for some networks at our base-camp, but the Lake and toilet area sometimes has better reception. You can connect to the nature-network and watch Real Fire TV (just one channel available.)

Vodaphone usually gets a good signal.


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