Epping Forest Heritage Trust

Programme of Guided Walks 2017/8

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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Sunday 1st January 2017

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Connaught Water Then and Now

Join Judy Adams on New Year’s Day to explore the Forest around Connaught Water. Ideal for families, with an opportunity to discover (and feed) the ducks at Connaught Water – no bread please. Duck food will be available.

Meet at the Forest Car Park next to the Royal Epping Forest Golf Club car park, Bury Road, Chingford, E4 7AZ. Grid ref: TQ394949

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Saturday 11th February

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Upshire’s Forest Fringes at Dusk

Sue McKinley will lead us on a walk through the woods and fields around Upshire as dusk approaches. The route will depend a little on the weather, but we hope to see some winter wildlife and, perhaps, some deer.

Meet at the end of Fernhall Lane/Long Street near the junction with the Upshire village road. Nearest postcode is EN9 3TA. Grid ref: TL421012

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Sunday 19th March

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Pits and Banks

A chance to explore this northern part of Epping Forest with Georgina Green and to find out something of its long and varied history.

Meet at the Forest car park at Piercing Hill (just opposite Little Gregories Lane), Theydon Bois. Grid ref: TQ447999

Parking space is limited along Piercing Hill, please car share where you can.

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Thursday 20th April

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

A Spring Walk in Wanstead Park

Join Historian Richard Arnopp and Naturalist Tricia Moxey on a gentle stroll round Wanstead Park to see some of the historical features, bluebells and other signs of spring.

Meet at the entrance to the Park on Warren Road, Wanstead (E11 2LS). Grid ref: TQ414876

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Sunday 21st May

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Epping Forest Heaths
on the High Land

Discover these intriguing relic heaths – what are they like, frequent species and their conservation value, with
Peter Adams MBE.

Meet at Jack’s Hill car park north, off Coppice Row (B172), Theydon Bois. Grid ref: TQ436996

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Sunday 4th June

10:30 am– 12:30 pm

High Beach Entrepreneurs

Come for a walk with Georgina Green and hear about entrepreneurs Lou Gumprecht of the King’s Oak, “Charlie” Baring of Wallsgrove House, Dr Matthew Allen of Fairmead House, Edward Bartholomew of Fairmead Lodge and George Paul of High Beach.

Meet at the Forest car park, Manor Road, High Beach at the Pillow Mounds. Grid ref: TQ 411982

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Saturday 17th June

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Midsummer Evening Walk

Led by Sue McKinley, this summer ramble will explore the Forest’s western fringes, with splendid views over the Lea Valley. We’ll also discover a variety of wildflowers at Yates Meadow and beyond.

Meet along Hornbeam Lane, off Bury Road, Chingford E4. Grid ref: TQ393958

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Saturday 1st July

11:00 am– 1:00 pm

Insects and Flowers
at Swaines Green

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

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

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Sunday 16th July

10:00 am – 13:00 pm

Exploring the Forest from Loughton to Theydon Bois

A slightly longer and brisk walk with Mike Smith, accessing the Forest from the Central Line. Exploring hills and hollows, following streams and ancient paths, you’ll enjoy some of the wilder parts of the Forest. We will to return to Loughton by train. In the event of rail engineering works, we would change to a circular walk from Loughton Station.

Meet at Loughton Station on the Central line (Car parking available). Grid ref: TQ422956. Satnav: 1G10 4PD

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Saturday 12th August

10:30 am– 12:30 pm

Discover Highams Park Lake and Mallinson Park Wood

Join Ron and Pat Andrews to explore these two contrasting areas considering their history, present use and contribution to Forest flora and fauna.

Meet at Junction of Keynsham Avenue and Marion Grove, IG8 9TA (Keynsham Avenue is accessed from Lichfield Avenue off Chingford Lane). Grid ref: TQ394925

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Sunday 17th September

09:00 am16:30 pm

The Annual Epping Forest Centenary Walk

Discover more about the whole Forest! Walk the entire length of Epping Forest in the day or just one of the local sections. Celebrate how lucky we are to have Epping Forest!

Arranged by the Friends of Epping Forest, with the Ramblers and the Corporation of London, we mark the centenary of the passing of the Epping Forest Act. For more details, contact 020 8418 0730


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Sunday 15th October

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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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Sunday 12th November

10:30 am– 12:30 pm

Discovering Route-ways
Old and New

Explore the surprising ways in which the route-ways across this part of the Forest have changed in the past 2,000 years. Join Verderer Peter Adams MBE for some interesting discoveries.

Meet in the Forest car park on Snaresbrook Rd. London E18. Grid ref: TQ395890

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Sunday 10th December

10:30 am– 12:30 pm

A Christmas Trail
through the Forest

Join Judy Adams for a walk around High Beach, visiting High Beach Church for Christmas cake, Yule log, mince pies and hot chocolate, before returning. Families welcome.

Meet at the Forest car park, Manor Road, High Beach at the Pillow Mounds. Grid ref: TQ411982

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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