Extra Walk 276 – Epping to Chipping Ongar
Length: 12.5 km (7.8 miles). Toughness: 2/10
Take a Central Line tube to arrive
(TfL Zone 6) by 11:20
(every 5-10 minutes; a 45-minute journey from Oxford Circus). Meet outside the station.
The walk ends outside the Travelcard / Oyster area and you'll need to take a 420 bus back to Epping. These run half-hourly until 19:30, setting off from Ongar High Street at xx:00 & xx:30.
One of our Sunday regulars has been plotting a series of Central Line routes through Epping Forest and this one breaks a little further out into the Essex countryside. Although it's been on the site for a year its author has been disinclined to rely on the Sunday bus service, so this is its inaugural SWC outing. The route broadly follows the Epping-Ongar section of the Central Line which closed in 1994, but as it's coming up to Halloween you might catch the distant tootings of a Ghost Train creeping along the eastern part of the old line.
The lunchtime village sounds like a good place to hear these trains: Toot Hill. It's about 60% of the way through the walk, so you should get to the Green Man
just after 1pm. There are pub and café options for tea at the end of the walk in Chipping Ongar High Street, and an interesting-looking 1 km extension which you could take before heading for the bus stop.
You'll need to print the directions from the Epping to Chipping Ongar Walk