Open Spaces around the Parish


Lambourne Parish is surrounded by countryside which makes it a great place for those that love the outdoors to live, while also being so close to London.

From the entrance on New Farm Drive, you can walk into a large open field with a public footpath running up to Apes Grove. This is locally known as The Bluebell Woods because of the Bluebells each year. Footpaths lead through the woods and off to Church Lane or along to Jubilee Plantation. From here it is a short walk to Lambourne Church.

Going further along New Farm Drive you can walk through two fields on the footpath that again leads up to the end of Church Lane and then on through two more fields to Lambourne End. In the first field from New Farm Drive, you may see the herd of Alpacas that live on the farm. Make sure you stay on the footpaths and have any dogs on a lead.

There is a large field behind the Doctors Surgery that, although land owned by the Abridge Village Hall, is used by many residents for sport and exercise. The field goes down to the River Roding and holds football matches through the season. Please note that dogs are not allowed on this field. There is also a children's playground that is owned by the Parish Council.

In the middle of Pancroft there is what locals call the Ring. This is a grass area that has a MUGA and a playground that is looked after mainly by EFDC. Again, because of it being used by children, no dogs are allowed in this area.

In Lambourne End, there are many footpaths and also the start of Hainault Forest which has many tracks, paths, bridle paths and more. There is a rope course, a large lake, Animal Corner, cafe and toilets. A great place to spend a sunny afternoon.