Together, Danbury and Lingwood Commons form the second largest area of common land in Essex after Epping Forest. Once, domestic animals would have been put out to graze here and local villagers would have had the right to cut down scrub and trees for fuel.
Today, the National Trust manages 214 acres of heath, gorse and coppiced woodland. This area is popular with hikers, dog walkers and birdwatchers alike. In summer, it’s a great place for a picnic. A word of warning, however: the area is thought to have the highest concentration of adders anywhere in the UK, so watch where you tread!