Ancestor's Trail 2020

Central London Humanists
Central London Humanists
Public group

Epping Forest

· England

How to find us

All walks take place within the Epping Forest and Lea Valley area. Click through to your chosen Trail's Meetup event for full details of how to find your starting point.

Location image of event venue


The Ancestor's Trail is a number of unique trails varying in duration, speed and character (09.45 is the start time of the longest).

Details of the individual trails with full details, start time, location, hosts' contact details and sign up details will be found on separate Meetup events.

Human Trail 12 miles
Hosted by Steve and Debra

Amphibian Trail 9 miles
Setting off at 11.30
From Epping Underground Station
Hosted by Stells

Bird Trail 10 miles (approx)
Setting off at 11.15 tbc
From Roydon Station (West Anglia Trains)
Hosted by Mary

Plant Trail (8km / 5miles)
Setting off at 13.30.
From: Cheshunt Station
Hosted by Damian and Katia

Bacteria Trail
Setting off at 1.30pm tbc
From: Broxbourne Station
Hosted by Alan

More details on the various trails will follow shortly. Please do hold the date in the meantime.

Each trail sets off at a different time and location from a train station within the Lea Valley, all trails joining together and eventually converging at our final rendezvous point at the Maltsters pub in Cheshunt where we've booked a private room. We'll be serving tea and cakes and of course, being a pub, a full bar will be available.
Many of us will be staying on to listen to talks (details to follow). You'd also be welcome to stay on into the evening for a meal and after-trail celebrations.

The event has been inspired by the Richard Dawkins' popular science book the Ancestor's Tale which is itself loosely modelled on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Instead of pilgrims journeying to Canterbury, we will represent living species, journeying back through evolutionary time. The Ancestor's Trail began back in 2010 in response to the International Year of Biodiversity and Darwin's 150th anniversary.

To find out more about the history of The Ancestor's Trail, go to:

We would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved in helping to marshal or organise one of the trails or the after-trail entertainment.

Please call Stells on[masked]