Epping Forest walk

Join the Jans (Woolf and Ford) for this 'summer on the turn' 5-mile circular walk through Epping Forest. We meet at Chingford BR station (where there's a loo) for 11 am - and have a hand count for the pub lunch. We're pretty well at the edge of the forest and walk across Chingford Plain - past the longhorn cattle, grazing contentedly behind their electric fence - then onto one of the lengthy horse rides through the forest. And on we'll go through glades of ancient deciduous trees, mainly oak, ash and beech. After about an hour and a half of some uphill (but not steep) track we'll have a water stop at the bikers cafe - where we can also have a cuppa, but lunch is only half an hour further on, so tea drinking (an option of course) could spoil appetites.

We'll be at High Beech - a spot on the edge of the forest commanding lovely views over Essex - for a 1ish lunch - where the gastro pub Kings Head serves reasonably priced meals (12 already booked) or there's an outside sandwich bar specialising in hot salt beef. There's also the Epping forest visitors centre, where you can learn fascinating stuff, like the number of hermits that lived there (forest not the visitors centre) comparatively recently.

After lunch we swing back into the forest for a slightly longer return walk towards Loughton Brook, a geographically interesting area of small streams and oxbow lakes. Then along more horse trails, past Grimstone's oak, and back to Buttonseed corner, our original point of entry into the forest. A different path across Chingford plain leads us to the Butlers Pantry (next to Queen Elizabeth's 15th C hunting lodge) for tea at about 4. Chingford station is five minutes walk away.

Terrain - the walk is along horse riding tracks and is gritty rather than muddy, but Chingford plain can be sticky. There are hilly parts, but not too strenuous.

Look out for other Cloggies about 10.15 at Liverpool St Station near the National Railways ticket office. Take the 10.33 train to Chingford which arrives at 10.59. Train calls at Walthamstow Central and various East London stations so get on there if more convenient.

Jan

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  • Anna Fergusson

    A good walk

    September 30

  • Zena Gani

    Great walk. Thank you to the '2 Jans for making it special. Nice pub stop for lunch and the sun shone. Perfect day for walking and a cup off tea at the end. Can't ask for anything more.

    September 30

  • Central London Outdoor Group

    Thanks to the 20 or so who made it and sorry to those who missed it; hope to see you on a future walk

    September 29

  • Adrian

    We missed you I'm afraid, luckily there was a walk London group so we are walking with then instead. Enjoy your walk!

    September 29

  • Santiago

    Hi !! I am on the way I will be in 10 minutes I am sorry about that

    September 29

  • Adrian

    Running a bit late I'm afraid as a bus didn't turn up. Probably about 1120 so don't worry about waiting if you are ready to go - I don't want to hold you up.

    September 29

  • Michelle

    Sorry not able to go now.

    September 29

  • Agnes_G

    Without response from work i have to cancel, as i will need to work on the 10-11 spot :( this is really bad timing and i am sorry!

    September 29

  • Michelle

    I will also be at Chingford station at 11am.

    September 29

  • Agnes_G

    Just to warn you : i might have to work tomorrow from 10 to 11 - trying to put it earlier but not sure it will work... will keep you updated

    September 28

    • Agnes_G

      No response so far, i think i will only know tomorrow morning as the people are in India... so forgive me if i cancel at the last minute!

      September 28

  • Santiago

    I will bring my food so I will not eat in the pub. Only I will have a coffee

    September 27

  • Santiago

    Hi! I will meet you at 11am in Chingford Station.

    I will go by bicycle to Chingford.

    September 27

  • John Illingworth

    I'll meet you at 11am Chingford station

    September 27

  • Anna Fergusson

    Could I reserve a place for the pub? in order to save time I shall book my ticket online via thetrainline.com.

    September 26

  • Michelle

    Oops that should be airplanes.

    September 25

  • Michelle

    I used to go love watching the model airoplanes flying on chingford plain as a child :-)

    September 25

  • Michelle

    Can I bring my dog with me please ?

    1 · September 23

  • Central London Outdoor Group

    Most people will meet at Liverpool St but if it's more convenient, get on elsewhere and meet up when the train arrives at Chingford. Our members live all over London and sometimes arrive by alternative routes!

    September 21

  • Andy Fengler

    Hello, I'm a bit confused. Do we meet at Liverpool St. Station or Chingford?

    September 16

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