Epping Forest Heritage Trust

Programme of Guided Walks (etc) 2018/9

Join us and discover more of Epping Forest

A varied programme of walks throughout the Forest is organised by the Epping Forest Heritage Trust. Led by knowledgeable Forest enthusiasts, these walks provide an opportunity to find out more about the Forest. Some are a gentle stroll, while others are taken at a faster pace. The walks are free, but donations to support the work of the Trust are welcome.

Please come suitably dressed for walking in the Forest, which can be wet and muddy. For help in getting to the meeting points, please contact 020 8508 9061 (during office hours) or email .

Walks free, donations welcome.

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Monday 1st January 2018

10:30 am– 12:30 pm

Loughton's Forest

Join Judy Adams on New Year’s Day to explore the Forest from Loughton, following Loughton Brook, to the splendid beech woods. Ideal for families, with an opportunity for finding faces in the trees, looking for animal tracks and discovering stories from the past.

Meet at Staples Pond, along Staples Road, off Forest Road, Loughton. Grid Ref: TQ419966

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Sunday 11st February 2018

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Common and the Greens

Join Verderer Peter Adams MBE, as he explores his home patch of the Forest at Woodford Green.

Meet at the top of Monkhams Avenue, where it meets the Green, Woodford Green. IG8 0NF. Grid Ref: TQ403923

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Saturday 24st March 2018

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Wanstead Park and Humphry Repton

Using observations made by landscape designer Humphrey Repton in 1813, Georgina Green, local historian, will consider the views from the House itself and also the islands, the Glade and the ‘clump tree’ in Reservoir Wood.

Meet at the junction of Warren Road and Raynes Avenue, Wanstead, E11 2LS. Grid Ref: TQ413877

Georgina will also give a talk about Repton at Ilford Central Library at 2 pm, Friday March 23.

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Sunday 8st April 2018

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Birds of Wanstead Flats

Come and join bird expert, Tim Harris, for walk across the Flats to see and hear some of the many species to be found here.  Do bring your binoculars!

Meet at the Jubilee Pond car park, off Lake House Road, London (E11 3NW). Grid Ref: TQ403864

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Sunday 20st May 2018

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Galleyhill Wood in Spring

Come and discover this little visited part of Epping Forest.

This ancient hornbeam coppice wood was formerly part of the estates of the Abbey at Waltham.

Meet at Aimes Green, off Claverhambury Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 2AU.
Grid Ref: TL397029

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Saturday 16th June 2018

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Midsummer evening walk

As 2017 was the 50th Anniversary of Ken Hoy's founding of Suntrap Field Study Centre, our annual evening stroll in the western reaches of the Forest, led by Sue McKinley, gives us the chance to share the influence of Hill Wood and the landscape beyond with the thousands of Waltham Forest children who have walked this route..

Meet at Fairmead Oak Car Park, Fairmead Road, High Beach. Grid Ref: TQ408968
Note: Access is only from the North on Fairmead Road.

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Sunday 15th July 2018

10:00 – 13:00

Exploring the Irish Hills

A longer walk with Mike Smith exploring the side of the Lea Valley along the western flank of the Forest.

Meet in the Chingford Plain car park on Chingford Plain, adjacent to the Chingford Golf Course car park, Bury Road, Chingford E4 7AZ. Grid Ref: TQ394949

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Saturday 18th August 2018

10:30 – 12:30

Discovering Walthamstow Forest

We’ll find Gypsy Smith stone, site of a windmill and more as Ron and Pat Andrews lead us through this interesting area.

Meet at the junction of Oak Hill and Forest Drive, Highams Park. Grid Ref: TQ392913

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Sunday 9th September 2018


The Annual Epping Forest Centenary Walk

Discover more about Epping Forest by walking the entire length from south to north in the day (circa 13 miles) or take part in one of the local sections of the walk. Celebrate how lucky we are to have Epping Forest!

Arranged by the Epping Forest Heritage Trust, the West Essex Ramblers and the Conservators of Epping Forest.

Section Timetable

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Sunday 14th October 2018

10:30 – 12:30

Gernon Bushes in Autumn Splendour

An opportunity to discover the autumn harvest of fruits, seeds and fungi in this Nature Reserve with guides Tricia Moxey and Reserve Warden Brian McGhie.

Meet at the entrance to the Reserve in Garnon Mead, Coopersale, CM16 7RN. Turn off B181 Epping to North Weald Rd into Coopersale Common Lane and then left into Garnon Mead beyond railway bridge. Grid Ref: TL477031

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Friday 26th October 2018

10:30 – 12:00

Activity walk: Discovering the High Beach Easy-Access Trail

Especially suitable for families with young children.

Making muddy faces, animal tracks, chatting to trees and hunting for wild things.

Meet: Epping Forest Visitor Centre at High Beach, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4EF, Grid-Ref: TQ412981

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Sunday 9th December 2018

10:30 – 12:30

A Christmas Trail through the Forest

Come and enjoy this part of the Forest for a pre Christmas celebratory walk led by naturalist Judy Adams. Suitable for families. Mince pies and drinks provided at the end.

Meet at car park entrance to Knighton Woods, Knighton Lane, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5HQ. Grid Ref: TQ407935

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Tuesday 1st January 2019

10:30 – 12:30

Celebrate the New Year

Join Judy Adams for a walk around High Beach, visiting the Verderers’ View, the General’s ride and more. Try your hand at the quiz. Families welcome.

Meet at the Forest car park, Manor Road, High Beach at the Pillow Mounds. Grid Ref: TQ 411 982

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Saturday 26th January 2019

Drop in between 11:00 – 14:00

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

One hour bird counts at our feeding station, crafty bird activities, making bird feeders and more. Free, but donations encouraged.

Meet: Epping Forest Visitor Centre at High Beach, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4EF, Grid-Ref: TQ412981