Epping Forest pond bullrushes

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Epping Forest pond grasses

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Epping Forest cute coots

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Epping Forest pond trees

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Elizabeth I lodge and deer statues Chingford

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Elizabeth I lodge deer statues Chingford

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Mud, mud, glorious mud

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Leytonstone to Loughton walk

Epping Forest

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sun, 05-Mar-17 5

Sunday Walk – Epping Forest

Extra Walk 241 – Leytonstone to Loughton
Length: 12.8 km (8 miles). Toughness: About 3/10

Take a Central line tube to arrive at Leytonstone (TfL Zones 3/4) by 10:45 (a 25-minute journey from Oxford Circus). Turn left outside the station and meet on the pavement outside Le Parisien café.

Loughton (Zone 6) is also on the Central line. Buy a Zones 1-6 Travelcard or use your Oyster card.

This walk picks up the Epping Forest Centenary Walk just north of Leytonstone tube station and follows its course through a succession of green spaces (remnants of the original forest) to a lunch stop in Chingford. The shorter afternoon section goes through the more familiar part of Epping Forest before dropping down to Loughton. Although not exactly a country walk (with plenty of main roads to cross) there will be some muddy stretches, so wear appropriate footwear.

For lunch the walk author recommends Butlers Retreat, an up-market café, with the nearby Royal Forest for those preferring a traditional (Brewers Fayre) pub lunch. There are several pubs and coffee shops for tea in Loughton High Street.

You'll need to print the walk directions from the Extra Walk 241 page. If you also bring the directions for Extra Walk 197 (Loughton to Epping) you could extend the walk to Epping. T=swc.241
5 walkers.
Sunny weather, with one light shower.
Thank you to Mike for a great walk.
5
5 congregated outside the Leytonstone Tube with the weather much better than forecast with high cloud and some sun. Some troublesome mud which was slippery rather than deep resulting in two falls and a submission. In a "Corrour" moment one walker (you know who he is) managed to emerge from the Forest at the wrong pub. To avoid a yellow card he swiftly corrected his mistake and a few minutes later all left the Forest in front of the Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge (coming up for it's 500 year anniversary). This was open and the 5 took advantage of a visit and a presentation by the curator there. All visited the Premier Inn next door where on jumped ship and another joined. Much easier underfoot in the afternoon with mostly gravelled tracks. One walker continued on to Epping while the remainder set forth to Loughton.
All in all a nice day out with much better weather than expected despite the mud.
3.5 hours from chingford to Epping, the footpaths were not well maintained towards the end, I had to climb over a padlocked gate at one point and I wish I'd had the written instructions for the bit that said "don't attempt the broken stair stile" ...but no bones were broken and the rain only let loose as I reached the station.
There's a longer route starting at manor park, through Wanstead flats, which might make a nice summer's day out.
Sat, 23-Jan-16 19

Saturday Third Walk – Epping Forest

Extra Walk 241 – Leytonstone to Loughton
Length: 12.8 km (8 miles). Toughness: 1/10

Take a Central line tube to arrive at Leytonstone (TfL Zones 3/4) by 10:45. Turn left outside the station and meet on the pavement outside Le Parisien café.

Loughton (Zone 6) is also on the Central line. Buy a Zones 1-6 Travelcard or use your Oyster card.

From a cursory glance at the map you might assume that Epping Forest lies between Chingford and Epping, but a remnant of the original forest stretches much further south into London's urban sprawl, marked by the Epping Forest Centenary Walk. This walk picks up this waymarked route just north of Leytonstone tube station and follows its course through these green spaces to a lunch stop in Chingford. The shorter afternoon section goes through the more familiar part of Epping Forest before dropping down to Loughton. Although this is not exactly a country walk (with plenty of main roads to cross) there will doubtless be some muddy stretches, so wear appropriate footwear.

For lunch the walk author recommends Butlers Retreat, an up-market café, with the nearby Royal Forest for those preferring a traditional (Brewers Fayre) pub lunch. There are several pubs and coffee shops for tea in Loughton High Street.

You'll need to print the walk directions from the Extra Walk 241 page. T=swc.241
Hello,
It's my first time and wondering if anyone will be joining this walk?
Hi Stephanie, I'm planning on joining this walk weather permitting!
Hi Hannah, that's great! See you :)
mild some sun dry Anyone needing to top up their winter mud quota would have been delighted with this walk. There was plenty and I think I saw most of it twice. Wrong turns, missed turns, right turns that felt wrong – you name it, I took it. I don’t know if it was me or the directions. 15 turned out including a late starter who overtook me. (The others were ahead by then). I bailed out at Chingford.
Actually Tigger, it was more like 19 as 3 slightly late starters caught a couple of us up before lunch on the golf course just as we were veering off course (see what I did there). Arrived at the pub to find the walk poster and author already esconsced by the window in his usual 'guest star appearance' in time for lunch mode although I believe he did deign to muddy his boots and walk the last third.
Two of us had tea after we'd turned left on Loughton High Street at the very inexpensive and walker/extras friendly Lounge Cafe (?) run by a lass from North Loughton aka Scotland.
The walk poster (not the walk author, incidentally) would like it to be known that by the time he was spotted in the lunch pub his boots had already picked up impressive quantities of mud from the second half of the morning route, a late start from Highams Park being more suited to his sluggish lifestyle. From this vantage point a good few walkers were clocked heading straight for Chingford station, a shame really as the afternoon section was distinctly easier underfoot. The morning route had its attractions but in future I will take the walk author's advice and avoid it at this time of year; I suspect a Chingford Circular using the partly surfaced paths through the more familiar parts of Epping Forest would make a better winter walk.
Sun, 26-Apr-15 Leytonstone to Epping
Sun, 26-Apr-15 4 Leytonstone to Loughton