Danbury Ridge Nature Trail
I had visited the Danbury Ridge Nature Reserves on a few occasions, and attempted to follow the Nature Trail. I quite enjoyed loosing the trail and getting lost, but thought it might be an interesting project to try and complete the trail in sequence and record it in geographs so that anyone visiting for the first time could find their way round.
Getting to the start
It might be helpful to print out a map of the walk. The entrance is off Runsell Lane, Danbury, just opposite Simmonds Way . On entry to the reserve bear right and you will see an information board and the start of the trail..
On the trail
Following the signpost at the information board, it will be fairly easy to get to the first marker post . You carry on the same path, and after the trail veers a little to the left, you will come to a T junction at which you turn right, keep your eyes open for the small trail sign .
The next stage is a little unusual in that you turn right to get to post (5) and then turn around and return to the information board, at which point you turn right (NW) to continue along Postman's lane.
The route to (8) is a little longer and more complex than some of the others. From (7) continue NE up and down a couple of small hills until you reach the boundary of Pheasanthouse Wood , then turn left. Continue down the hill until you see a bridge on your left , at which you cross over into Birch Wood.
The section in Birch Wood is best thought of as a small circular tour. Once over the bridge, bear right and continue slightly uphill. Just after you reach post (8) the trail goes round in a loop and you return over the footbridge you crossed earlier.
The journey from (9) to (10) is possibly where you stand the greatest chance of getting lost. The route as a whole begins to turn back on itself, and the route marker at the junction where you turn sharp right has fallen over .
As you begin to head uphill back to the origin, the way is quite well marked. As you progress you will merge onto couple of larger paths where eventually you will see . Shortly after this you will come to a Y junction, bear left and you will come to (10) . It is only a short distance from (10) to (11) .
The route from (11) to (12) is the longest one on the walk. The path is fairly easy to follow here; the next significant landmark are the bridges at the bottom of the hill, at which you will need to turn right along the brook. The path along the valley crosses a bridleway at this gate , just after which you will arrive at (12) .
When at (14), you are quite close to the entry point: bear right at the Y junction, along the route you will see some restored heathland, and the path merges with a WWII logging track. Keep to the right when the path narrows, and you will rejoin the footpath between (1) and (2) , and so back through Scrubbs Wood to the origin .
Most of the image descriptions give a little more info than the summary above, hopefully this blog and the links above will enable anyone interested to walk the route, without getting lost, first time!
For more info on the Danbury Ridge Nature Reserves see the Essex Wildlife Trust website: Link
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