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Little Warley Common


Grid ref: TQ 604 914 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014

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Little Warley Common was used by local commoners to graze their cattle up to the end of the 19th century. After grazing stopped it filled with trees and is now mainly woodland – principally oak and birch which are 'pioneer' species quick to colonise new territory.

Some more open areas remain both at the northern end where it meets Hartswood and at the southern end near Little Warley.

Like Hartswood, Little Warley Common is managed by Brentwood Council. Both are good places to head for on busy summer weekends if you want to avoid the crowds in Thorndon Country Park.


South of Brentwood, just west of the A128, which runs from Ongar through Brentwood to join the A127. The main entrance to Thorndon North is off The Avenue, which links the A128 and the B186 (Brentwood–South Ockendon). The entrance to Thorndon South is off the A128 just north of Halfway House.

Brentwood railway station is about 2km (via Hartswood and Little Warley Common) from Thorndon North. Buses from Brentwood Town Centre run to Eagle Way, Warley.

Accessible at all times.

Photo © Phil Luke