Guys - as I can not lead this myself the lovely Grea has stepped in as leader - I have faith in him however this is a hike with lots of paths and Grea has not led on this route before - so you do need to be up for exploring!! Also make sure you bring a plastic bag so you can put your boots in it at the pubs, - expect mud :D
I may see you at the pub at the end if I can make it!
It's time for the annual mince pie stampede!!! This is the last Saturday of the festive season so lets use it wisely!!! Join the Green London team to get up and get outside! Sitting indoors makes you SAD!! Walking around in the daylight makes you HAPPY, so let's go shed some festive insulation and get a taste of 2013!!
Starting in the northeast fringes of London, the fantastic ancient woodland of Epping Forest stretches along a high gravel ridge for almost 20km into the Essex countryside.
We will walk out across the leafy forest ground from Queen Elizabeth’s old hunting lodge, marveling at the wooded giants all around us. We can see moss, lichens, birds and all the animals common to the British woodland. We’ll head out to Conaught Water, a fantastic lake which where the biodiversity of the Forest includes striking multicouloured mandarin ducks.
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. This is quite a long one so we'll stop for a drink in a pub in the forest halfway. We will finish at another massive pub at the end of the day, loads of room for everyone and good cheap meals so we have the health and the tipple all in one day! :)
Have a look at the photos and reviews from last year here..... http://www.meetup.com/Green-London-Walks-Days-out-and-Weekends/events/41376662/
Distance: 11-13km / 7-8 miles approx
Walking Time: 3.5 hours approx, excluding lunch stop halfway
Difficulty:7/10 - moderate
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: 10.30 am be there WITH your ticket/valid Oyster card for Zone 5.
We'll be traveling on to Chingford Station. Travelcard zone 5.
Meeting Point 2:If you are meeting us at Chingford be there at 11.30, don't be late as we won't be hanging around.
How to find us :Grea's Pic and phone no he will have e mailed to yes rsvp's
Cost:£5.00 no need to pre pay, just show up with the right change!
Things to bring:
Plastic bag to put your boots in at the pub. (There will be mud.)
Water!- at least 1 litre
Bring sandwiches, we will finish the day with a pub meal.
Money for pub
Wear warm clothes, hiking boots, and water proofs, or the nearest thing you have.
Plastic bag to put boots in in pub.
For more info see our Frequently Asked Questions:
There are some planned tube closures this weekend.
Plan your journey here: