Length: 12.5 km (7.8 mi) or 24.6 km (15.3 mi) or 26.6 km (16.5 mi)
Ascent/Descent: negligible or negligible or 214/237m;
Net Walking Time: 2 ½ or 5 or 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 1/10 or 3/10 or 4/10
Arrive at Epping Station (Zone 6, Central Line) at 10.30 (journey time from Liverpool Street is 34 mins).
Return buses (line 420) from Ongar/Banson’s Lane to Epping Station are on 15.31 and 16.31 (departs from Ongar station a minute later, 23 mins journey time).
Return trains from Ingatestone to Liverpool Street are on xx.05 (30 mins journey time, Anytime Singles are £13,50 at full price).
The route follows the well signposted Essex Way
to Chipping Ongar, broadly following the former Epping to Ongar tube line which closed in 1994. [The Epping Ongar Railway
now operates a limited service, but unfortunately not in November…] About 40% of the route to Ongar is through woodland, which should make for some good autumn colour.
In Ongar you can have lunch, check out the station of the heritage railway and/or Ongar Castle
(a good example of a late 11th
or early 12th
century Motte and Bailey), take a bus back (see above for timings), walk back the way you came (map-led), or walk on to Ingatestone, largely along the St. Peter’s Way
The Viper in Millgreen Common (23.7 km/14.7 mi);
, height profile
, photos, walk directions
and gpx/kml files