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The Ancestor's Trail is an annual biological pilgrimage combining walking, evolution and art. Based on Richard Dawkin's book 'The Ancestor's Tale', the Trail guides its walkers along a timeline from the present day back 3.85 billion years to the origins of life.

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Please register on our trail website (https://ancestorstrail.org.uk/) so that we can keep you informed and send you further details about each trail. Tickets, including refreshments at the end of the trail: Adults £10, under 16s - £5.
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The event celebrates 'our place' within the biodiversity machine we call evolution. The Trail is made up of several walks of varying lengths, located in Epping Forrest, London. Each of the main trails are guided and start at a train or tube station. As we walk we will slowly join together as our evolutionary histories combine and we all finish together at Cheshunt.

The walking pace for the trails is expected to average 15 minutes/km. For the longer trails, we recommend that you bring a light lunch for picnicking. The Human, New World Monkey and Gazelle Trails join up before the lunchtime refreshment stop (20mins).

The four-and-a-half mile Bacteria Trail is suitable for wheelchair users. The other main trails are the Amphibian and Plant Trails. The Bird and Fish Trails are minor un-marshalled trails for the more adventurous.

Trails with solid lines will be marshalled. Departure times for the main trails are shown on the map and we all finish at Cheshunt YHA at 4.30pm.

Please register on our trail website (https://ancestorstrail.org.uk/) so that we can keep you informed and send you further details about each trail.

After the walk there will be a celebration at Cheshunt YHA. This celebration will carry on into the night with an evening meal and entertainment.

Those who wish can also stay the night at the YHA.

On Sunday morning there will be breakfast followed by a series of talks from invited speakers on aspects of evolution.

These after walk activities are great fun and help us keep the trail free, so please come and join in.

Details on booking the refreshments, entertainment, talks and the YHA will be shown after you register on our trail website (https://ancestorstrail.org.uk/).