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Loughton Camp, Epping Forest

24-Jul-14 • Sean O'Neill

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Longhorn Cattle, Copped Hall Park

24-Jul-14 • Sean O'Neill

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Elephant attack

You dont get many elephants in Epping Forest, but there are one or two. Its their trunks you have to watch out for. Loughton to Epping

05-Jan-14 • moontiger on Flickr

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Big Tree with stump

Loughton to Epping

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In Epping Forest

Loughton to Epping

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Scary looking cow

Loughton to Epping

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Big Tree

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Loughton to Epping walk

The ancient woodland of Epping Forest within Zone 6

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, 07-Oct-18 20

Sunday Walk: Autumn, Epping Forest (Loughton to Epping)

SWC walk 197
13.4km (8.4miles) Difficulty 3/10
There should be some autumn colour on this walk, through the ancient woodland of Epping Forest to lunch at a pub in Upshire. After lunch there's open countryside with good views around Copped Hall Park.
The forest is renowned for its ancient pollarded trees, primarily oak, beech and hornbeam, which support a wealth of rare insects and fungi. It is common to see deer in the more open areas. In the afternoon, you may see English Longhorn cattle.
Transport
Start from Loughton Underground Station at 10.30am. Meet outside near the ticket gates.
Loughton and Epping are both in Travel Zone 6 on the Central Line. Loughton is about 37 minutes from Oxford Circus. Use the TfL journey planner to calculate your journey time from other stations.
There is parking at both Loughton and Epping stations.
Lunch
You could have an early lunch at High Beach Visitor Centre where there is a refreshments kiosk, toilets, café and the nouveau-posh Kings Oak pub (0208 508 5000).
The Horseshoes pub (01992 712745) in Copthall Green is better placed, with friendly service and good food. Nearby, St Thomas’ Church has a pleasant grassy area with benches suitable for a picnic. (The other pub we used to visit, the Good Intent, is no longer a pub).
Tea
The Verde Café, 88 High Street, Epping (01992 571476) is recommended. 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
The path through the forest from paragraph 7 to 11 can be tricky to follow. A map and compass or gps device would be helpful.
You can shorten the walk to about 5 miles by staying on the Three Forest Way at paragraph 7. This rejoins the main walk near the end (see text).
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Brilliant walk in lovely warm sunshine.
Many thanks to Peter for leading us along the most scenic paths,
so many great vistas.
Thanks Anon at least 20 gathered in the entrance hall of Loughton tube station and we met at least 1 late starter near the end of the walk. The Horsehoes pub was fully booked and this does pose a bit of a problem as this is now as very popular lunch time stop and so people either had a quick lunch at High Beach or continued on for a picnic lunch in the attractive grounds of St Thomas's Church which has bench seats and some fine views and thankfully little traffic noise.

Plenty of leaf colour along the forest tracks but 95% of it was green so the "full autumn" will probably not appear for another 3 weeks. Six of us lunched at the Church and another group went to check out the Horseshoes.

After lunch six of us headed straight for the station after enjoying w= fine and sunny weather throughout. This walk can be enjoyed as a brisk outing to get back to London early or a "lazy Sunday" amble and I hope all others including a number of "Saturday refugees" enjoyed their day out.

I went for the brisk option hoping to see a top football match between Liverpool and Man City but it turned out a 0 0 bore fest. C'est la vie!
Thu, 17-May-18 6

A Thursday Evening in Epping Forest

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Distance: Approximately 5 miles or 8 km for those more metrically minded
Difficulty: 3 out of 10

Meet: At the entrance to the Loughton Underground Station (Central Line)

Time: 18:30 – but if you miss our departure, you can certainly catch us up along the way…

The plan for this evening is to do the short version of this walk by staying on a wide forest track heading northeasterly towards Epping and enjoying a meal or some drinks in Epping afterwards…. It should be quite a nice time of year for this evening walk with fresh green leaves on the trees….
More information about the route can be found here. As there are no detailed instructions for the short walk, I would suggest printing out the map page from the OS Map tab and the intro page which provides guidance. The wide track to Epping is very clear….so route finding should be straight forward….. I will, however, endeavor to post a GPX file for the short walk by Wednesday morning.....

Return travel is via the Central Line which runs until “well after 23:00”.

Enjoy the walk!



I'll probably be there if i don't have too much to finish off at work, but I won't be able to stay for dinner
Just to confirm...a GPX of the short route has been added...also, do not worry about the paucity of instructions for the short route I think we will be ok see you there!
6 in warm weather. Pleasant walk with a fair amount of undulation. Initially following the meandering Loughton Brook along narrow paths, then the main broad track through the forest, we arrived at The George & Something just after half 8. Their Real Ale barrels were all empty, so 2 moved on to one of the other pubs on the High Street, while 4 of us had a nice meal and a wine.
George and Dragon
Actually the non diners went home, but it took me nearly 2 hours, so it would have been a pretty late one if I'd stayed. Maybe next time if it's nearer the centre . . .
Glad you had a good meal
Sun, 17-Dec-17 10

Sunday Walk: Loughton to Epping through Epping Forest

Loughton to Epping SWC walk 197
13.4km (8.4miles)
Difficulty 3/10
This walk takes you through the ancient woodland of Epping Forest, to lunch at one of two pubs in Upshire. After lunch you are in open countryside with good views around Copped Hall Park.
The forest is renowned for its ancient pollarded trees, primarily oak, beech and hornbeam, which support a wealth of rare insects and fungi. It is common to see deer in the more open areas. In the afternoon, you may. see English Longhorn cattle.
Transport
The walk starts from Loughton Underground Station at 10.30am. 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 the TfL 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).
The recommended lunch-time pub is the Good Intent in Copthall Green (01992 712066), a friendly pub with a good range of reasonably priced food.
Alternatively there is the Horseshoes pub (01992 712745 ) friendly service and good food.
For those hardy enough, the entrance gate to St Thomas’ Church, 80m before the Horseshoes, leads to a grassy area with wooden benches suitable for a picnic. (You might need a stick to ward off any polar bears.)
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
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)
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Now I might do the Walk on Sunday. But I can't Guarantee I will. Another Thing. Would you know if any Buses run on a Sunday from Epping to Waltham Cross on Sundays?
Marc, the short answer is I don't know. It doesn't look like the 13 runs to Waltham X on Sundays. Both Journey planner (above) and Traveline suggest convoluted journeys that take an hour or more. Maybe someone local knows more?
Yes I can make it Today. I can take the 217 Bus to Waltham Cross. Then a 66A from Waltham Cross to Loughton. And on the way back. I just take a small Tube ride from Epping to Loughton. Then take the 2 Buses back the same way.
10 on this walk with the weather starting cloudy then persistent rain from noon. Tracks through the forest not too muddy and a local conservation group had repainted the signs so the trail after you leave the main track was quite easy to follow. At High Beach we stopped for refreshments at the mobile cafe drinks, cornish pasties and rolls and though it was quite early we made this our lunch break as the weather was closing in. (This short walk does not really need a lunch pub as you can walk it in 3 hours.) In open country around Upshire it became increasingly bleak and sadly Le Petit Cafe in Epping was closed for a private party. So it was onward to Epping station and back to London on the Tube. Not a classic day out but a pleasant enough leg stretcher and good company although the near constant thrum of Xmas traffic noise was a bit annoying. Back home by 3pm
There are lots of other tea and coffee options in Epping, for future reference, including better than average Neros and Costas.
Sun, 20-Nov-16 7

Sunday Walk 2 Epping Forest : stepping to Epping

Loughton to Epping SWC walk 197
13.4km (8.4miles)
Difficulty 3/10
Through the ancient woodland of Epping Forest, to lunch at one of two pubs in Upshire. After lunch you are in open countryside with good views around Copped Hall Park.
The forest is renowned for its ancient pollarded trees which support a wealth of rare insects and fungi. Deer are commonly seen in the more open areas and, in the afternoon, you may see English Longhorn cattle.
Transport
The walk starts from Loughton Underground Station at 10.30am. Meet outside the main entrance.
Loughton and Epping are both in Travel Zone 6 on the Central Line. The frequent service takes about 40 minutes from Oxford Circus to Loughton. Use TfL's journey planner to calculate the time from your station.
Lunch
You could have an early lunch at High Beach Visitor Centre where there is a kiosk, toilets, café and the Kings Oak pub (0208 508 5000).
The recommended lunch pub is the Good Intent in Copthall Green (01992 712066), friendly with a good range of reasonably priced food.
Alternatively, try the Horseshoes pub (01992 712745) friendly service and good food.
80m before the Horseshoes, St Thomas’ Church has a pleasant grassy area with wooden benches, suitable for a picnic.
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
You can shorten the walk to about 5 miles by staying on the Three Forest Way in paragraph 7, rejoining the main walk at the end of paragraph 30. No lunch stop for you, though. (see "Walk Options")
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7 on this with the forest looking splendidly atmospheric and sparkling in the dull early winter light. The weather was w= dull and overcast but dry. Definitely the best time of year to do this walk.

We stopped at High Beach visitor centre for a quick coffee before setting off for open countryside and the 2 pub options in Upshire where the pub lunchers settled for the Horseshoes and what a good choice it turned out to be! The roasts come in 3 sizes small, medium and large and the one who had the medium could not finish it. You would have to be a real trencherman/woman to tackle the large! Also a very good veggie soup and baguette.

After lunch we enjoyed the open countryside north of Epping Forest slightly marred unfortunately by the low hum of busy traffic.
Two of us had tea at the excellent Verde cafe
before one went to explore Epping High Street and I caught the tube back to the East End.

(PS. I am coming to the conclusion that I will have to rethink the stretch through the Forest to High Beach as the narrow trails at this time of year are often invisible because of leaf drifts and poor signing and unless you have a map or gps route finding is difficult. I may try to redraft the route so it follows wider and better drained trails although these tend to be busy in fine weather.
Sun, 26-Apr-15 Loughton to Epping
Sat, 15-Nov-14 22 Loughton to Epping
Sun, 05-Jan-14 10 Loughton to Epping