SWC walk 197
13.4km (8.4miles) Difficulty 3/10.
Through the ancient woodland of Epping Forest, an area renowned for its old pollarded trees, supporting a wealth of rare insects and fungi. After lunch at a pub in Upshire, you are in open countryside with good views around Copped Hall Park.
The Copped Hall Trust have an Open Day
today from 11-4 that allows you to look round the estate and parts of the mansion. There's also a flower show, tea, home-made cakes, a bar etc. Tickets are £10. You can either buy them online
or pay at the gate. Transport
The walk starts from Loughton Underground Station at 10.00am. Meet outside near the ticket gates.
Loughton and Epping are both in Travel Zone 6 on the Central Line. Trains are frequent. It takes about 37 minutes to travel from Oxford Circus to Loughton. Use TfL's journey planner
to calculate your journey time from other stations.
There is car-parking at both Loughton and Epping underground stations. Lunch
You could have an early lunch at High Beach Visitor Centre where there is a refreshments kiosk, toilets, café and the Kings Oak
pub (0208 508 5000).
pub (01992 712745 ) in Copthall Green is better placed, with friendly service and good food.
The Good Intent (mentioned in the notes) is no longer a pub.
Near the Horseshoes, St Thomas’ Church has a pleasant grassy area with benches, suitable for a picnic.
Or... head on to Copped Hall, where, according to their website, lunches and drinks are available (entry fee). Tea
The recommended tea stop is the Verde Café
, 88 High Street, Epping (01992 571476). Tea in china cups and delicious cakes. It closes at 4pm on a Sunday. If you're too late, there are any number of pubs, cafes
and restaurants in Epping High Street (see text). Walk Directions here
Map and compass or GPS recommended for sections 8-10.
You can shorten the walk to about 5 miles by staying on the Three Forest Way at paragraph 7 and rejoining the main walk at the end of paragraph 30 (see text). This, however, bypasses both Copped Hall and the Horseshoes.