EPPING FOREST TRAIL RIDE

Let’s go trail and mountain biking. We are escaping pollution and urbanization and exploring London's famous and ancient forest and beautiful glades. Join us as we spend our time cycling the off road public trails and more hidden cycle trails of Epping Forest…….a beautiful wilderness stretching from the outskirts of London deep into rural Essex. So we are going off road cycling and therefore you will not be able to use a bike which is only suitable for roads. A mountain bike or trail bike is required.

Spanning two-and-a-half thousand hectares, the forest has attracted national heroes such as Lawrence of Arabia, who once lived by its edge, as well as royalty who came to what was formerly a royal hunting ground as well as notorious highwaymen such as Dick Turpin. Luckily we won't encounter any highwaymen. However, we will see beautiful forest land, meadows, ponds, rivers, streams, bogs, maybe deer and some rare birds as well as some breath-taking views of London from afar. We will be riding through the depths of the forests. I am an avid fan of the Forest and regularly ride in the forest and always have a great time.

We will meet at Chingford Railway Station at 11:30 am which is an over ground station and not an underground station. Trains can be caught on a regular basis (10.17am 10:32 am; 10:47 am) and takes approx. 27 minutes from Liverpool Street Station or any of the stations on the way east. Chingford is also easily accessed by road. The North Circular is close as is the M25. Alternatively you can use the underground part of the way to Walthamstow or part of the Central Line. Or of course you can CYCLE to the meeting point. Once we are all gathered together we will embark on our exploration.

We will stop for lunch at one of the pubs in the heart of the Forest and a social sit down and then do a further exploration before heading on back in a circular fashion. Our journey will also end by a large pub for those who wish to have some form of refreshment....to quench their thirst. The pub is close to Chingford Station.

 

Cycle Level: Easy / Medium

Length of Cycle: 4.5 hours (could be longer if we wish - there are so many trails)

Things to bring:
1. Clothing suitable in case it rains.
2. Definitely bring water
3. Tyre repair kit (just in case)
4. Camera - if you would like to take some pictures.

5. Money if you wish to use the pubs for refreshment
Please note if it rains a few days before there could be some mud but hopefully it will stay dry.

Mountain biking in Epping Forest has increasingly become a popular activity within the Forest. You can cycle throughout most of the Forest with the exception of areas with historic, ecological and scientific sensitivities and the easy access paths, where prohibition notices are displayed.

Although there are no designated cycle routes within the Forest, there are approximately 80km (50 miles) of horse-rides. About half of these are surfaced with the remainder unsurfaced and marked with white posts. Cyclists are welcome to use these tracks but whilst enjoying your cycle ride please be aware of horses or other members of the public who may be startled by the sudden appearance of cyclists.

Looking forward to a fun day out with you all.

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  • Octavia c.

    Hi great to meet everyone who did make it hope to catch you around that way again soon :))

    July 24, 2013

  • Octavia c.

    Great fun thanks, good to meet everyone. Hope to see you all again at the next one :)

    July 24, 2013

  • Lena

    It was a lovely day for a ride in the forest. All credits to Sheldon for not cancelling as he was very obviously ill!! I enjoyed meeting new people and the ride itself was really good with a well thought through route. Thank you Sheldon for organising :-) I look forward to the next trail ride.

    1 · July 17, 2013

    • Sheldon P

      Lena

      July 18, 2013

    • Sheldon P

      It was lovely meeting you as well Lena. It was fun. Feel a lot better now. My cuts and bruises are going too. Wont cough going into a downhill bend again. Lol. Will be organising another one soon.

      July 18, 2013

  • Eduardo

    I have problems with my bike and it's not ready. Sorry and enjoy.

    July 14, 2013

  • Sheldon P

    Please be aware of the following for this Sunday's ride:
    1. Please ensure that your bike is a trail or MTB bike. Our ride is 98% off road and therefore unsuitable for a pure road bike.
    2. Please ensure you have fluid to drink. Sunday could be a scorcher although we will be protected by the forest foliage. It still will be warm. 3.We could also experience rain suddenly due to a build up of heat, so please if you feel necessary bring something to protect you from the rain. Please bring a bike lock as if we go inside the pub (only of course if it is raining outside you would be leaving your bike unattended) SO PLEASE CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST
    4. Please bring some money as we will be stopping at a pub for lunch
    5. I will email you all my mobile number tonight or tomorrow...just in case you are late
    6. If you cannot attend please change your RSVP.
    7. If you have not RSVPd to attend please note that after 12 midnight on Saturday night, the list will be closed.

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Octavia c.

    Where do you meet up?

    July 12, 2013

    • Octavia c.

      Ok forget that comment brains here didn't look at the top part :))

      July 12, 2013

  • Oleg T.

    Hey guys, just joined the group. :) I'm coming from Barking, anyone near coming who is near me?

    July 4, 2013

  • marie C.

    Sorry am out of the country on this date but keen to join you on the next scheduled cycle

    July 1, 2013

  • Alex M.

    :-(. Def next time

    June 18, 2013

  • Alex M.

    Ahh no... I have double booked myself. Sorry guys. Definitely next time

    June 18, 2013

  • Alex M.

    Looks good. See you guys there :-D

    June 17, 2013

    • Sheldon P

      Look forward to seeing you.

      June 17, 2013

  • Roxy A.

    Is road bike suitable for this event?

    June 13, 2013

    • Sheldon P

      no problems I have listed a number of a place that you can hire a bike from if need be

      June 13, 2013

    • Roxy A.

      Thanks

      June 13, 2013

  • Sheldon P

    You can hire bike if need be
    You can hireContact Us Cycle Centre Go Further Cycling Ltd.
    Debden House Camp Site
    Debden Green
    Epping Forest, Loughton
    Essex
    IG10 2NZ


    Telephone: [masked]

    E-mail: [masked]

    Company number:[masked]

    June 13, 2013

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