Epping Forest after dark - evening hiking adventure

There is something really mysterious about the forest at night. It's scary, spooky and a great adrenaline ride.

And my mum has always warned me not to go there after dark. So... let's do it! Bring your torches and hiking boots and join me for a leisurely walk in Epping Forest, after dark. And don't worry, I will bring you back to the civilisation before the tube stops running. :)

Distance: 8.6 km

Time: around 2 - 3 hours.

What to bring: Please make sure you have torches and reflective clothing. The route is unlit and your torch will be the only thing lighting your way (well, except for lights that others will have). So make sure you have at least two on you and some spare batteries. You will need to have reflecting clothing for your own safety as on a couple of occasions we will be crossing the roads and high visibility clothes will allow the drivers to see you.

Meeting point: Loughton station - Sainsbury's side. I will be waiting fo you just in front of the station.

Meeting time: we will meet at 7:30pm in Loughton station and start the walk at 7:45pm promptly. If you are any later than that you will not be able to join us.

If you arrive straight from work, I will be in Loughton around 6:30pm and can meet you in the pub called The Last Post (227 High Rd, Town Centre, Loughton IG10 1BB). I will not be able to stay for the social after the walk as it is a long way home, but happy to have a drink or some food before. :)

The sun will set at 19:45, so we will experience the dusk in the forest and it will gradually get dark as we are walking.

Contact: My phone number is 07832297917.

Any problems, please give me a call, however

I will only be available on this number between 7:30 and 7:45. I will have to switch it off and focus on the route as soon as we start.

If you are not able to get through, this maybe because 30 other people are trying to call me at the same time. So please make sure you check your way to the meeting point on the TFL website and google maps and give yourself enough time as we will not wait beyond 7:45.

Please don't email me or leave voice mails as these will not be checked until a couple of days later.

Late commers: I'm afraid we will leave for a walk promptly at 7:45, no exceptions. So if you are coming from afar, please aim to be there half an hour early, this way you will be sure to arrive on time. No calls will be answered after 7:45pm either as I will have to focus on the route.

Think of some good ghost stories! It will be great to hear some on the way. :)

Finally by sigining up to this meeet up you agree that it is your responsibility to not get lost! I will be showing you the way and I will bring you back to Loughton after the walk, but you need to make sure that you

don't lose me or the group. Don't stay behind and make sure you keep up with the group at all times as we will not be able to keep an eye on you in the dark! Plesae also be really careful how you step, as the route can be muddy and there can be obstacles on your way. Your torch needs to be good enough to light your way sufficiently.

 

 

 

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  • Souganthy

    had great time

    September 9, 2013

  • Olivia

    I had a great time. My first visit to Epping forest and the weather turned out nice and the people were fun. Thanks!

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A nice thing to do on a Friday night!

    September 7, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Great fun! Who would have thought scared ol' me would ever be in Epping Forest in the dark! Thanks for organising Kat - & getting us in and out in one piece! :-)

    September 7, 2013

  • Elana M.

    Apologies for missing. Got caught up in the mega-jam and went nowhere for hours :(

    Glad you all enjoyed yourself though.

    September 7, 2013

  • Axelle

    That was a great way to finish the week, thanks Kat :)

    September 7, 2013

  • Joanna

    An excellent evening - thanks so much for organising!

    September 6, 2013

  • Reena

    I am keen to attend, but I need two places. Is it possible? I can see only one spot is left.

    September 5, 2013

    • Hash P.

      I've freed up one spot ..

      September 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have freed up another one

      September 6, 2013

  • Hash P.

    Not feeling upto it today , see you guys some other time .. Enjoy !!

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, stuck in the office until 6:30pm so cannot make it now.....

    September 6, 2013

  • Olivia

    Hi, is the walk still happening even if its raining?

    September 6, 2013

  • Kat

    And as some of you asked, I just want to assure you I would not cancel because of rain - we would never get to do anything in UK if we couldn't brave a bit of water!

    3 · September 6, 2013

  • Kat

    Hey guys, the forecast is quite optimistic for later on, but just in case bring your waterproofs with you! :) I will meet you at 7:30 at the station, to start the walk, but please text me if you are arriving early - I will probably be around there from 6:30pm and could meet you in the bar before the walk. :)
    x

    September 6, 2013

  • Basia

    .......weather is not looking good????

    September 6, 2013

  • DrJ

    I'm not coming any more. Anyone want the space?

    September 5, 2013

    • Reena

      I need two spots.

      September 5, 2013

  • Sol

    Sorry Kat, I was really looking forward to this hike but just learnt that I have some other commitments to attend. :-(

    September 5, 2013

  • Venkat

    Sadly I can't make it anymore - if anyone is willing to take my place, please post here!

    September 5, 2013

    • Venkat

      Just rsvp'ed no as well

      September 5, 2013

  • Hash P.

    I'm a first timer , is there any experienced required for this ? :)

    September 4, 2013

    • Kat

      No experience required. :)

      1 · September 5, 2013

  • Egle

    I can't join this either unfortunately due to last minute arrangements to go away for the weekend. If anyone would like to take my place, let me know!

    September 4, 2013

    • Somayeh A.

      I got your place for my huby, thanks :)

      September 4, 2013

    • Somayeh A.

      Kat, maybe I should have mentioned his name is Paymon and he has RSVPed

      September 4, 2013

  • Hugh

    Kat I'm giong to have to leave you all aone in the forest unprotected . Hope you won't be too scared.
    For you other lucky people it means there's free slot if you're quick.

    September 4, 2013

  • Sol

    I am now coming on my own. So there is a place free

    September 3, 2013

    • Somayeh A.

      Got your place, thanks

      September 3, 2013

    • Kat

      Refund processed.

      1 · September 3, 2013

  • shimul

    hi there! I wont be able to make it. if anyone willing to take my place. please contact me. ive already paid so you can transfer the money into my account and use my name or ticket!!

    September 2, 2013

    • Kat

      Please note this will not be accepted. Any swaps will be accepted only if the following procedure is adhered to: http://www.meetup.com...­

      September 2, 2013

    • shimul

      ok no probs ill try that method!

      September 2, 2013

  • Souganthy

    what time will we be back at Loughton station after the walk Kat as it will take me an hour on the tube to get there?
    thanks.

    July 9, 2013

    • Kat

      the walk only takes 2-3 hours, but I can not give you an exact time as this depends on the group.

      July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it :) Thanks for the invite!

    May 10, 2013

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