Danbury Common Mtb and Walks
This large area of woodland and heath is managed by the National Trust. As such you will find a number of well maintained footpaths taking you through the common. It's also great for mountain biking with a number of trails. There's a freeride area maintained by locals with some excellent downhill runs. See the video below for an example of the jumps and runs you can find on the common.
The site includes the Backwarden Nature Reserve where you'll find woodland, common, heath, wild flowers, streams and bogs. Look out for a variety of wildlife in this area including adders, nesting birds and butterflies.
Danbury is an excellent area for walking. You can easily extend your walk by heading north to Lingwood Common and Blake's Wood where you will find orchids and carpets of bluebells in the spring. Just a mile to the west you'll find Danbury Country Park where there's lakeside trails and wildflower meadows.
This circular route is designed for walkers but cyclists can enjoy the bridleways that criss cross the common. It's a popular area for mountain bikers with a number of trails to try.
PostcodeCM3 4JJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Danbury Common Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Danbury Common Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Danbury Common OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Danbury Common Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
You can start your outing from the National Trust car park at postcode CM3 4JJ. It's located 1 mile south from Danbury village centre along the B1418.
A few miles west you'll find Galleywood Common. It's a very pleasant area for walking and cycling with a fine commonside pub as well.
Head north and you could explore the pretty village of Little Baddow where you can visit the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation Canal, the picturesque Paper Mill Lock and the National Trust's Blake's Wood.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.