Danbury Country Park
Danbury Country Park – originally laid out in the 13th century as part of a private estate – offers ornamental gardens and lakes, woodland and meadows.
The park’s accessible, well-maintained tracks are popular with dog walkers and families, with plenty of seats and picnic benches to have a rest or a bite to eat.
Surviving historic structures include an ice house where before refrigerators, ice was collected from the lakes in winter and stored for the palace kitchens.
The lakeside path takes you alongside tranquil waters, where you can watch ducks, swans and carp, and past the ornamental gardens.
Late spring is a good time to see ducklings, cygnets and spectacular displays from rhododendrons in the gardens. In summer, the meadows fill with wildflowers and grasses, attracting butterflies and insects, while the woodland paths offer respite from the sun in the dappled shade of ancient oaks, hornbeams and sweet chestnuts.
Free entry - see http://www.visitparks.co.uk/tickets-charges/ for parking costs
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From the A12, take the A414 towards Maldon. Continue into Danbury and take the right turn at the mini roundabout onto Well Lane. Continue to the end of the road and turn right onto Woodhill Road.
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for educational visits
- Public toilets
- Children welcome
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Guided tours for groups
- Facilities for visually impaired