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.
There is a circular path with views over the Colne Valley to the north.
A small, young area of woodland within an Environmentally Sensitive Area, being surrounded on three sides by an SSSI and Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve, with excellent views across the Holland Marshes.
They were converted to ferrous sulphate which was an essential chemical for making dyes and inks.) Along with Lingwood Common, Danbury Common forms the second largest area of Open Access commonland in Essex after Epping Forest.
Part of the Roman River Site of Special Scientific Interest, it is an ancient woodland, modified in places by plantations of conifers and sweet chestnut.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.Along the cycleway next to Vernon Close are two woodland areas just a short walk away from the main river walk.Owned partly by the Forestry Commission (FC), partly by Essex CC, this ancient woodland is an SSSI, with large numbers of small-leaved lime.