Enjoy a series of nice woodland trails in this pretty wood in Chelmsford. There's a car park on Riffhams Chase in Little Baddow. From here you can pick up the paths taking you through the woods and along Blake's stream. In the woods you will find oak, hornbeam and sweet chestnut trees with bluebells in the spring. Look out for birds including hawfinches and nightingales.
It's easy to extend your walk by heading south to Lingwood Common and Danbury Common. Here you'll find cycling and walking trails with woodland, common, heath, wild flowers, streams and bogs. Danbury Country Park is also very close by.
PostcodeCM3 4AU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Blake's Wood Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Blake's Wood Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Blake's Wood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Blake's Wood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
If you head into Little Baddow you could visit the The General Arms. They serve good quality food which you can enjoy in the lovely large garden area on summer days. You can find them at the Ridge with postcode CM3 4SX for your sat navs.
As you'd imagine the woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other owners on a fine day. The General Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the south and the east there are lots more good trails to explore through Lingwood Common and Woodham Walter Common.
The circular Little Baddow Walk starts from the nearby village and visits the picturesque Paper Mill Lock on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation before heading to the wood.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks page.