Epping Forest Heritage Trust

Walks and more - 2019

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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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 4AE, Grid-Ref: TQ412981

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Sunday 17th March 2019

10:00 – 13:00

Discovering Deer

Join Mick Collins, as we look for signs of deer and hopefully enjoy sightings of them. We shall walk on to the Deer Sanctuary and see en-route clues about their behaviour and impact on the Forest.

Meet at Lodge Road Car Park, off the Epping New Road ( B1393), to the north of the Wake Arms Roundabout (Miller and Carter). Grid Ref: TQ431998


Ring 020 8508 9061

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Thursday 4th April 2019

10:30 – 12:30

Memories of Edwardian Times in Snaresbrook

Join Georgina Green for a walk to hear about children’s games at the Hollow Ponds, Cockneys at the Rising Sun and find out how the area is connected with the Buxton family

Meet: At the Forest car park on the south side of Snaresbrook Road, London E18. Grid Ref: TQ395890

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Thursday 18th April 2019

Drop in between 11:00 – 14:00

Family Easter Discovery Activities

Eggs and more, bird mobiles and hopefully we’ll see baby birds through our webcam. Free but donations encouraged.

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

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Sunday 19th May 2019

10:30 – 12:30

Gateway to the Park

Join Judy Adams to explore Bush Wood and Jubilee Pond. Find out about Lake House and the stone gate posts.

Meet: Jubilee Pond Car Park, Lake House Lake Road, Leytonstone TQ401864

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Thursday 6th June 2019

10:30 – 12:30

Ploughed land and gravel diggings

Led by Georgina Green, explore what so nearly happened to the Forest around the Strawberry Hill area before it was saved for us all by the 1878 Epping Forest Act.

Meet: Stubbles Car Park, Nursery Road, near junction with Connaught Avenue, Loughton. TQ418964

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Saturday 22nd June 2019

19:00 – 21:00

Midsummer evening walk

Led by Sue McKinley, we’ll explore some of the bufferlands, between the Forest ridge and the Cobbins Brook Valley. Hopefully we will see many summer flowers, along with some very good views.

Meet:  St Thomas Church, Horseshoe Hill, Upshire EN9 3SS. Grid Ref: TL416 010

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Sunday 7nd July 2019

11:00 – 13:00

Insects and Summer Flowers at Swaines Green

Join naturalist Tricia Moxey to discover some of the fascinating insects and flowers thriving in this wonderful location on the edge of Epping town.

Meet: Near the entrance off Coronation Hill near to Epping Primary School. There is very limited parking in Lower Swains or in Coronation Hill at the end of St. John’s Rd Epping CM16 5DU. Grid ref: TL456026.

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Saturday20th July 2019

Drop in between 11:00 – 14:00

Family Forest Discovery Activities

Butterflies and insect crafts, spotting birds, trying flower smells – which one would attract you? Free but donations encouraged.

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

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Sunday 4th August 2019

10:30 – 12:30

Exploring Wintry Wood

Led by Mike Rumble, a chance to visit this lesser known part of the Forest, also known as the Lower Forest. Walk the disused C16th Stump Road and discover more about the history and wildlife.

Meet: Woodyard Forest Car Park, on Woodyard Road CM16 6TT, off Epping Road, Epping. Between Epping and North Weald. Grid Ref: TL473031

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Sunday 15th September 2019


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 6th October 2019

10:00 – 13:00

Walking north from Chingford

An interesting brisk 5 to 6 mile walk by little used paths with Mike Smith, taking in some dense forest, open ferns and a great beech clearing arriving near Robin Hood. We return via Debden Slade, Strawberry Hill ponds and Connaught Water.

Meet: Chingford Plain Car Park, Bury Road, Chingford E4 7AZ. Grid Ref: TQ394949 ///study.gain.tops

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Sunday 20th October 2019

10:30 – 12:30

Autumn in Gernon Bushes

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 RefTL 4780 0304 W3W///gone.detect.spice

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Sunday 10th November 2019

10:30 – 12:30

A visit to the Deer Sanctuary

Learn about its history and management and meet the residents, with Mick Collins.

Meet: Genesis Slade Car Park, off Coppice Row (B172), Theydon Bois. Grid refTQ 4385 9960 W3W///rescue.invent.asset

Booking essential 020 8508 9061

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Sunday 8th December 2019

10:30 – 12:30

Wanstead Park Christmas Walk

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 mulled wine available at the end.

Meet at the entrance to the Park on Warren Road, Wanstead (E11 2LS). Grid RefTQ 4137 8768 W3W///coats.icons.joins

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From January 2020


Walk details now on main website

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