Walking

Walking trail

Blakes Wood to Lingwood Common walk, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex

Walking trail

Walk with the National Trust, from Blakes Wood to Lingwood Common. On this 100- acre sloping site, look out for hornbeam and sweet chestnut coppice, with oak, ash and birch standards. This is one of three walks linking Blakes Wood with Danbury and Lingwood Commons - links below. Each walk can be undertaken separately or co-joined with this one for one long walk.

Wildlife and waymarking

Breeding birds here include warblers, nightingale, all three species of woodpecker and tree-creeper. Butterflies include the purple hairstreak. The trail has recently been improved and is now marked with round National Trust footpath discs attached to wooden posts sited at various points along the route.

Map

Map route for Blakes Wood to Lingwood Common walk

Start:

Blakes Wood car park or from Lingwood Common, grid ref: TL775064

1

After coming up from Lingwood Common, starting from the Blakes Wood car park go through the kissing gate Marker Post 1 and turn left. Taking the path immediately to the left (FP43) head downhill until reaching a seat and Marker Post 2.

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A picture in Blake's Wood on a sunny day

2

Ignoring the path to your right, keep to the left-hand path until reaching another marker post, at which point (ignoring the path to your left) bear right. Continue on until reaching Marker Post 3.

3

Ignoring the path to your left bear right until reaching Marker Post 4. Now ignore the path to the right and turn to the left until reaching a footbridge. Over the footbridge the path bears to the left and then further on bears right.

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Bluebells in Blake's Wood

4

Shortly afterwards ignore the path to the right and continue on until reaching a marker post, where you will turn left. You will pass two old pond beds to your left and then the path bears right along the perimeter of Blakes Wood. There are views to the left over pasture, with Chelmsford in the distance. Follow this path which eventually bears to the right until reaching Marker Post 5.

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Picture of some coppice in Blake's Wood

5

Turn left, then right, and proceed to Marker Post 6 where the path turns to the left.

6

Carry on until reaching another footbridge. Ignoring the path directly to your left continue on until reaching Marker Post 7.

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Cathedral-like atmosphere in Blake's Wood

7

You now have two options. Either take the path directly to your left (over footbridge) and continue to Parsonage Lane and Danbury Ridge (On the left is The Generals Arms Public House, which may be open for refreshment), or if continuing with the Blakes Wood trail, continue straight on until reaching a bench Marker 8. Turn right and shortly afterwards there is a branch in the path. Take the right hand branch and continue to Marker Post 9.

8

Make a left turn followed by a right over a footbridge and continue uphill until reaching a bench on your left – take a welcome break.

9

Continue uphill until you reach the kissing gate entrance to the car park - Marker Post 1. If continuing back to Lingwood Common, turn right out of the car park and head for Riffhams Chase to point 10 on the Lingwood trail 150 metres on the left.

Blake's Wood car park entrance with kissing gate

End:

Blakes Wood car park or from Lingwood Common, grid ref: TL775064

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Blakes Wood to Lingwood Common walk, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex

Terrain

Woodland paths, tree roots, hilly in places. Muddy after wet weather. Suitable footwear necessary. Not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs or cycles. Dogs welcome under close control. Please clear up any dog litter responsibly.

Blakes Wood to Lingwood Common walk, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex

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Blakes Wood to Lingwood Common walk, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex

How to get here

Address
Danbury, Essex
By train

Nearest station, Chelmsford

By road

From Danbury Main Road (A414) via Riffham's Lane to Riffham's Chase

By foot

From Lingwood Common and Riffham's Chase or from Danbury Main Road (A414) via Riffham's Lane to Riffham's Chase.

By bus

30/31 bus to Eves Corner, Danbury and walk along The Ridge. Turn left into Riffham's Chase. Right into Blakes Wood

Blakes Wood to Lingwood Common walk, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex

Facilities and access

  • Parking : Car park (free) at Blakes Wood
  • WCs : There are no WCs on site. Generals Arms Public House (if open)
  • Food and drink : Generals Arms Public House