13.4km (8.4miles) Difficulty 3/10.
This walk takes you through the ancient woodland of Epping Forest, to Upshire. Then on through 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.
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 40 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.
It is important that you comply with our Covid Rules (see top of this page). To maintain separation, sub-groups (6 or less) are asked to stagger departure by a few minutes.
You could try for 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 Horseshoes pub (01992 712745 ) in Copthall Green is better placed, with friendly service and good food. With Covid restrictions affecting eateries, you might prefer to bring a picnic lunch. 80m from the Horseshoes, the entrance gate to St Thomas’ Church leads to a pleasant grassy area with wooden benches suitable for a picnic.
The recommended tea stop is the Verde Café, 88 High Street, Epping (01992 571476). Like most Epping teashops, it closes at 4pm on a Sunday. If you're too late, there are pubs (see text).
Walk Directions here
A map and compass (or gps ) are recommended for some sections.You can shorten the walk to about 5 miles by staying on the 3 Forest Way at paragraph 7 and rejoining the main walk at the end of paragraph 30.
Copped Hall a restored manor house near the afternoon route, has a limited-entry Autumn Garden Afternoon today. £6 for a timed-entry ticket .