Danbury Country Park
This country park in Essex has a number of good walking trails to enjoy. There's a lakeside walk taking you around the two pretty lakes where you can look out for ducks, swans and carp.
The Garden Walk takes you around the lovely ornamental gardens and through the wildflower meadow. Here you can see rhododendrons in the garden and various butterflies and insects in the meadows.
Finally there is a woodlands trail through the park's ancient oaks, hornbeams and sweet chestnuts.
The park is located just a few miles east of Chelmsford.
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. You can also head a mile to the east to Danbury Common where there are miles of National Trust managed footpaths.
The lovely Hylands Park is also nearby. It's a fantastic place for a walk with 574 acres of parkland with ancient woodland, grassland, ponds, lakes and formal gardens. In Chelmsford itself you can enjoy riverside walks along the River Can and River Chelmer.
PostcodeCM3 4QG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Danbury Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Danbury Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Danbury Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The woods and lakeside trails are ideal for dog walking. You are likely to bump into other owners on your visit.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
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.