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A woodland path at Danbury Common in Essex | © National Trust Images / Justin Minns
Essex, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire

Danbury Common to Lingwood Common walk

Take a bracing walk from Danbury Common to Lingwood Common along a waymarked route. Discover open heathland, wooded glades, wetlands and look out for the wildlife that thrives in this wide variety of habitats. This easy, 1.5 mile walk is ideal for families.

Nearby walks

This is one of a series of three walks around Danbury Common, Lingwood Common and Blake's Wood. Each walk can be undertaken separately or joined with this one for one long walk.

Total steps: 12

Total steps: 12

Start point

National Trust Armoury car park, grid ref: TL781044

Step 1

Start outside the Armoury (marker post 1) head down to the Bicknacre Road. Turn left onto a signposted public footpath until you reach the road known as The Common. This road can be quite busy so be careful. Cross the road and bear right towards marker post 2.

Step 2

From here, continue straight until reaching marker post 3.

Step 3

Marker post 3 is the boundary between scrub habitats and the main dry acid grass heathland areas and shows, to the south, the more typical landscape of a traditional open common. Now head slightly to the right to marker post 4.

Step 4

At this point, head slightly right until reaching bridle path 28, turn left and after a few metres turn right and head south towards marker post 5.

Step 5

Now head on and shortly bear slightly to the left to marker post 6.

Step 6

Turn left and go ahead to re-cross the bridle path 28 and head on up to marker post 7.

Step 7

Continue ahead, following the path to the left after a short way, then turn right and head north to marker post 8.

Step 8

Go straight on and turn right to reach marker post 9.

Step 9

Now head forward for a few paces towards the boundary and turn left towards marker post 10.

Step 10

Go on for a little way and cross the bridle path 30 and continue until reaching a footpath on the left. Make a left turn, then a right turn, then a half right turn, and then a left turn following on to cross 'The Common' road again. Then turn left with the houses on your left until reaching marker post 11.

Step 11

Make your way back to the car park, or across the road to the Cricketers Inn for some refreshment, before continuing to Lingwood Common.

Step 12

If continuing to Lingwood, from the car park head left, cross the Bicnacre Road and turning left down Sporeham's Lane take the first signed footpath on the right. Now continue on the Lingwood trail.

End point

National Trust Armoury car park, grid ref: TL781044

Trail map

Danbury Common to Lingwood walk map
Danbury Common to Lingwood walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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Lingwood Common to Blakes Wood walk 

A 3.5-mile circular walk, ideal for families, through mixed woodland between Blake's Wood and Lingwood Common.

DistanceMiles: 3.5 (km: 5.6)
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Blakes Wood to Lingwood Common walk 

A 2.5-mile walk from Blakes Wood car park to Lingwood Common near Danbury in Essex that takes in peaceful glades in a woodland with a mix of tree species.

DistanceMiles: 2.5 (km: 4)

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