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.
The removal of conifers from the FC side was completed in December 2011, the last one being felled by Oliver Rackham.
This 46 acre reserve is sited at flooded gravel pits between Maldon and Goldhanger.
A huge forest with natural habitats developed over more than 1,000 years for use by people and their grazing animals.