Epping Forest Walk & Pub Lunch - 20km (12 miles), Starts Chingford 10:30

Update 05 December: Following the current thaw of about 2 inches of snow in the forest and possibly further snow next week, the going is likely to be very muddy in places. Stout walking boots are essential and it is advised to bring spare socks in case feet get cold or wet. Due to the dense forest, winding tracks and sizable group, I will use a backmarker (who will have route instructions and maps) to help ensure no one is lost! Thanks to Amira for volunteering to do this for the first part of the walk - I still need a volunteer to do this after lunch please! Travel there by train: meet me BEFORE 09:45 outside the mainline ticket office at Liverpool St mainline station to sort out tickets (approximately £5 each return). If you miss the group, get your own ticket (or use your Oyster card) and join us on the front carriage of the 10:03 train from Platform 6 (probably) to Chingford (zone 6), which also calls at 10:16 at Walthamstow Central, which is on the Victoria Line, or just outside Chingford station (booking office entrance) ready to go at 10:30. Free car parking is available nearby in Bury Road. This is a great varied walk on the outskirts of London, with panoramic views of London especially good now most of the leaf cover has gone, mile after mile of ancient woodland with some of the finest examples of pollarding and coppicing in the UK, an ornamental lake, open heathland, coal posts, a Greenwich Meridian monument and a small (free) museum that we may have time to visit towards the end of the walk. The tracks are reasonably surfaced in the main, but there are some moderately steep hills and expect some slippery paths, mud and puddles at this time of year - sturdy walking shoes and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. The pub (Kings Oak) is in the heart of the forest at High Beach, about 2/3 of the way through the walk and has recently been refurbished complete with a roaring fire! This is almost certainly the only pub in the UK with an outdoor swimming pool, alas it is closed at this time of the year! Standard pub food is available. If anyone would prefer to bring their own food, there are benches and a snack kiosk at the front of the pub. Note that, other than calling a cab, the walk does not offer a convenient opt out en route. The pace will be sociable though and the walk should be easily achievable for anyone of reasonable fitness. I plan to get back to Chingford while it is still light at around 16:00. My mobile is[masked]

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  • Priscilla

    Such a lovely day! I don't know how I had missed the Epping forest after being i London for a while! Thanks Andy for organizing it!

    December 12, 2010

  • Daniela Di G.

    amazing.. and very considerate guide, always checking with us when we want to stop, where,what we want to do, how long! Group decision at its best!

    December 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time :) was great to meet some new people and hope to see everyone again..

    December 12, 2010

  • Daniela Di G.

    And big thanks for the funny jokes to Andy and David ;) so funny!

    December 12, 2010

  • Blanka

    Andy, thank you for guiding this walk. It was just amazing, I enjoyed it a lot. Looking forward to next walk :)

    December 12, 2010

  • Daniela Di G.

    Andy, thank you so much! Very enjoyable.. and invaluable guiding through the path.. hard to find your way without an experienced guide!

    THANKS for a very enjoable sunny day in the nature ;-) Feel recharged for a fresh start on Monday at work ;-)

    December 12, 2010

  • Andy

    A nice winter's day with a great group of fellow hikers. Looking forward to the next walk!

    December 12, 2010

  • Andy

    Hi all, I really enjoyed this walk and chatting with the other 4 attendees - it was a fantastic way to spend a winter's Sunday! No less than 11 members (and their guests) who RSVP'd yes did not bother to come, however, or text me that they could not make it. This is rather disappointing to me and I hope you will show more respect to other organisers who give their time and expertise freely to organise events for this Meetup in the future.
    Cheers, Andy

    1 · December 12, 2010

  • Daniela Di G.

    Hi Andy
    I ll take the train at 10:18 at Walthamstow Central Rail Station. See you on the train!

    December 11, 2010

  • Andy

    Hi, it's a very encouraging turnout - there are evidently lots of fellow mud lovers in this Meetup! I do need to limit the attendance to 25 for logistical and safety reasons, so please update your RSVP if your plans change to allow those on the waiting list to attend. See you next Sun! Andy

    December 5, 2010

  • Maja

    Hi Gianni, I am sure you wil get in if you really want to go, someone always drops out in the last minute. So no need to increase numbers unless Andy really wants to have a mass following in Epping Forest. It's difficult to find a pub that will accept 35 people for lunch.

    December 1, 2010

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