Loughton to Epping
SWC walk 197
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)