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Secret Forest Picnic in a Glade in the Middle of Epping Forest - With GOA group

  • Jun 21, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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Weather looks good. We're on. About 100 rsvp incluflding Pash's group still room for a few more( it's a big clearing. Come prepared to play games as I bought a garden volley ball net!!


I know a great big woodland clearing in the middle of Epping Forest. It's a great spot for a picnic! In order to make it a big one I have cordially invited GOA and Pash I'll be leading the walk and Micheals and bringing a frisbee. I

This is a picnic with a twist too, you have to walk for about two miles to get in there!! 

Epping Forest is on the northeast fringes of London, the fantastic ancient woodland of stretches along a high gravel ridge for almost 20km into the Essex countryside. 

Originally a royal hunting ground Epping Forest was opened to the public in 1878. At six thousand acres it is London’s largest open space, it’s sheer scale is amazing. The clearing is near some public toilets so we'll have facilities. Travel light though as we'll have a 2 mile walk in. Bring picnic food, drinks and outdoor games. 

In order for you to all get out you'll need to follow me, so we will all leave together at 5.00pm after we've cleaned up all our mess. There is another pub we can pitch up at near to the station, just in case we need one last drink:)


2 miles in 2 miles out

Walking Time: less than an hour each way

Difficulty: 3/10 - easy. As with all our walks you need to be in good physical fitness and at least able to run 100m for the bus. 

Meeting Point 1: Liverpool Street Rail (Overland) Station;
At the four Stansted Express Ticket Machines opposite AMT Coffee adjacent the gates to platform 6.
Meet Time: 12.00 am be there WITH your ticket/valid Oyster card for Zone 6.
We'll be traveling on to Chingford Rail Station. Travelcard zone 6.

Meeting Point 2:If you are meeting us at Chingford be there at 13.00.

Please do not be late to avoid disappointment. You will not be able to find us once we are in the Forest!

We will start and finish the walk at Chingford station



Things to bring:

Water/drink!- at least 1 litre - there are no shops at Chingford station or anywhere near the clearing


Picnic food

Money for pub

Outdoor games

 What happens if it rains - we will reschedule this if we're not sure of good weather.


Worried about coming on your own? More on walking pace, and questions about distance, footwear, weather, return train times or safety? Refer to our frequently asked questions here:

If I can do anything to make this walk more accessible please get in touch by sending me a text message or voicemail.

Train Travel: On our walks we ask people to group into as many group 4 or group 3 groups as possible, you will have to travel back with the group.. Read more here:

Plan your journey here:


1. You must be able to at least run 100 meters for a bus to join one of our hikes.

2. Always check the group website for live updates to meeting point and directions before leaving for an event!

We are looking for new organisers!

If you are interested in joining the leadership team and have an event you want to lead, or want to hep organise a weekend event let me know! I am always looking for assistant organisers. Come along and ask me about it, it's the best fun you can have!

Rugged Tracks is now the home of the consecutive BOGOFF!!!

On our day events if you buy one, you get the next hike you come to for free (doesn't have to be consecutive). Then, every consecutive hike you come to after that, you also get free.

We track this via the comments at the end of each walk, (if in doubt we'll look at the photo's).

Let's see who can get the most free this year!

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  • Catherine B.

    My pleasure Lorenza, hope to see you too xxxx

    June 28, 2014

  • Milton D.

    Hi Katherine
    Thank you for the wonderful day. We hope to see you soon!
    Lorenza & Milton

    June 26, 2014

  • bg

    Such a great location for picnic with views over Herts . Scorchio weather & lots of food & wine shared out. Well done to Catherine on leading us through the woods & finding a weding happening as well.

    June 23, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    Hey what a great day just want to thank Kerri,Jim, Melody, Bigita, Pash, Anna, Lorenza Milton and everyone else who turned up and made it such a great day. This was one the most fun days I've had with the group! Good times! Posting op photos now. Big Love, Cath xxx

    1 · June 22, 2014

    • Heike

      I am sure it was great, and kicking myself coz I got the date wrong! :'(

      June 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    lovely day for a picnic and good company :)

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Birgitta

    Lovely people all around, really fun day out! Thank you for organising!

    June 22, 2014

  • PASH

    It was a great day out for a picnic and nice to meet those who attended..

    June 22, 2014

  • Tadpol

    Wonderful weather, people and the hosts!

    June 21, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    Oh someone asked about dogs. Dogs welcome.

    June 20, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    Awesome Heike. My mascot returns! X

    June 20, 2014

  • Heike

    Haven't been on one of your events for a while, but 4 miles is about the limits I can do these days :-)Count me in!

    June 20, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    Weather looks good. We're on. About 100 rsvp incluflding Pash's group still room for a few more( it's a big clearing. Cone oreoared to play games as I bought a garden volley ball net!!

    June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there, I am keen to come. I don't know anyone in the group but thought it would be a good opportunity to meet you an maybe plan for various other real hikes. I will be looking for the bright red backpack at the 1st meeting point.


    1 · June 16, 2014

  • sabrina

    Hello, I will join you in Chingford - will get on the train in Walthamstow Central which is on the way. What time are you getting the train at Liverpool St?

    June 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Guys... Looking forward to Saturday :-)) Hope the Sun comes out to play!!

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Jérôme P.

    would have loved it but unfortunately have a long-planned party - next time!!

    June 16, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    Come on sun, come on sun, come on sun, come on sun :)

    May 24, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    NiNi and James, don't be scared! Just make sure you Wear sensible walking shoes. You will find the other Members very freindly!

    April 28, 2014

  • Princess N.

    Hi Catherine I'm Nima and I never hiked before but I am looking forward to it, however do I need to be scared? Because I am kinda really nervous about it

    April 21, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    Shame Micheal I'm a PM now :)!

    April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Catherine, I'm no longer able to make this event.

    March 31, 2014

  • Catherine B.

    it's the best of both!

    February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im not sure what im in for??!!
    Is it an outdoor picnic or a walk?

    February 21, 2014

  • Sophia

    Hi I'm Sophia and I've never hiked before but I love trying new things

    1 · January 27, 2014

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