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Explore Mardyke Woods
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Winter sunrise with frost at Mardyke WoodsAmongst the oldest surviving woods in Essex, Mardyke Woods was already well established when the Romans first arrived here in 54BC. It is therefore definitely well deserved of its official status as an Ancient Semi Natural Woodland!

It has a variety of woodland paths to explore, benefits from two adjacent play areas and is convenient for the nearby Mardyke Way riverside walk, where you can connect up with the Davy Down Urban Riverside Park.

Sitting right next door to a busy urban community Mardyke Woods provides an interesting mix of ancient and modern that all ages can enjoy.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Veolia North Thames Trust, the Forestry Commission is in the process of improving the woodland habitat for wildlife and creating a more welcoming space for people.

Try out our new Animal Puzzle Trail - download a map on the right hand side of the page and find all of our animals in the woods! Take a rest on badger bench on the way, and climb up a tower of logs!

Mardyke Woods TC BushcraftWith so much to see and do in the woods, this funding will provide more opportunities for local people, schools and youth groups to access and enjoy this beautiful woodland on their doorstep.


To download a map of Mardyke Woods please click here


What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

My childhood playground.

This wood is a beautiful natural spot to get out of the hubbub of Lakeside and ockendon.

A lovely walk through and holds many memories.

Tarnya , 9/Dec/2017

Thankyou - we love Mardyke too! Community Ranger

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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Play area
  • Walking


OS Grid ref: TQ585 805
Postcode: RM15 6BD

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01708 642964

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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.