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The network of footpath and bridleways that remain today evolved over time to serve the traditional way of village and town life in rural Essex. Regardless of land ownership, these tracks were the ‘glue’ that bound together a community that needed to walk between home, woodland, mill, market, farm and church. This is a list of open spaces where you can walk and enjoy natural surroundings on permissive paths. Not all woods and nature reserves are included – we have attempted to show only those areas which provide additions to the public network of footpaths. This includes the new ‘Open Access’ areas. A 700 acre coastal farm situated on the Blackwater Estuary. The wood is bounded by a ditch and bank enclosing mainly hornbeam coppice.

Open public access around a circular route within the wood. A designed landscape from its earlier days as Norman House parkland. Composed of woodland and open grassy areas with a number of man-made ponds. The south-west section of Danbury Common, an Open Access mosaic of woodland, common and heath, streams and bogs.

Two meadows and a borrow dyke near the River Roach, run by volunteers and Parish Council. A newly planted wood with a small car park, a network of mown paths and seating. Set in the stunning grounds of Bedfords Park, an historic parkland site of 215 acres, owned and managed by the London Borough of Havering. Belfairs Nature Reserve – also known as Hadleigh Great Wood – has been managed, through coppicing, to create a perfect home for a diverse range of wildlife. Pedestrian access on trail from from Belhus Woods Country Park. A steep scrubby hillside with trails overlooking the Thames estuary at Leigh-on-Sea.

Ancient oxlip woods, once designated as SSSI, recently de-coniferized. Easy access along a well surfaced snaking path through this newly planted woodland interspersed with wild-flower meadows. Ponds, reed beds, new woodland, glades and grassland to wander and explore. Ancient semi natural woodland, free access all year. This ancient woodland originates from the 12th century when it was recorded as “Bircehangra” which means, “Wooded slope growing with Birch trees”.

Now coppiced, with new pathways funded by the Forestry Commission. Ancient woodland and SSSI on a sloping site. Reclaimed landfill site with disability-friendly paths. Over 5000 native trees and shrubs have been planted to create woodlands.

Wildflower meadows, amenity grassland, scrub areas, wetland habitats, there is also a wooden board walk and play sculpture on site. Along the cycleway next to Vernon Close are two woodland areas just a short walk away from the main river walk. Former agricultural land, planted 2003. Links to rest of Ingrebourne Valley. There are 4 miles of nature trails for you to explore on foot, three viewing points and two picnic areas. Bradwell Cockle Spit on the Dengie Peninsular consists of 30 acres of shell beach – a beach of shells, rather than sand – and extensive mud flats known as saltings.

Open access designated Ancient Woodland site managed and coppiced by Forestry Commission. Rough grassland with scattered blocks of young trees. The park provides informal, quiet countryside recreation for the public. Includes over 40 acres of ancient woodland, with the addition of farmland partially planted with native trees. Another Forestry Commission site, containing meadows, a small wetland and many newly planted native trees. An excellent network of paths – many of them all-ability.

Connects to Belhus Park in south. Essex CC, this ancient woodland is an SSSI, with large numbers of small-leaved lime. A Roman-British road dissects the wood which is still surrounded by intact medieval woodbanks. Once used for keeping ‘wild swyne’, probably after the extinction of true wild boar, there are early 17th century records of wood sales showing that lime bast, the bark used for making rope, was as valuable as the timber itself.