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SWC Walk 259 - Epping Forest Centenary Walk: Manor Park to Epping

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Wanstead Flats

SWC Walk 259 - Epping Forest Centenary Walk: Manor Park to Epping

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Warren Pond

SWC Walk 259 - Epping Forest Centenary Walk: Manor Park to Epping

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Ambresbury Banks Iron Age Hillfort Remains

SWC Walk 259 - Epping Forest Centenary Walk: Manor Park to Epping

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Path through Wanstead Flats

SWC Walk 259 - Epping Forest Centenary Walk: Manor Park to Epping

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Wanstead Flats

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Tree in Highams Park

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Epping Forest Centenary Walk: Manor Park to Epping walk

A walk along the length of an ancient royal forest in East London - Wanstead and Leyton Flats, Walthamstow Forest, Highams Park and Epping Forest. Can be done over two legs.

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
Wed, 11-Jul-18 8

Wednesday Walk - Hide from the sun in the woods: Epping Forest Centenary Walk - Manor Park to Epping

Length: 23.8 km (14.8 mi) [much shorter walk possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 315 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10

Take the 09.40 Shenfield train from Liverpool Street (09.47 Stratford, then Maryland and Forest Gate), arriving Manor Park at 09.53. Manor Park is on the boundary of Zones 3 and 4.
Return: Central Line from Epping, departing every few mins. Epping is in Zone 6.
A map-led walk originally created by the Friends of Epping Forest.
The Epping Forest Centenary Walk runs the length of Epping Forest, an area of ancient woodland in north east London. It has been protected since the 12th century as a royal hunting forest, though more recently (1878) it has been managed by the City of London, and to celebrate this anniversary this walk was devised. The forest lies on a low ridge between two rivers, The Lea and The Roding.
The walk is mainly wooded and the southern half of the route mainly paved, but the northern part of the walk on unpaved forest trails can be muddy after prolonged wet weather.
The route passes close to Chingford and Buckhurst Hill stations about halfway for an easy dropout.
Also at the halfway point lie the lunch options: the Royal Forest pub (Brewers Fayre), and the Butler's Retreat café in a restored barn, both part of the Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge/Epping Forest Visitor Centre complex. For tea, there is the Harry Green Restaurant en-route in High Beech and then a number of pubs, cafés and restaurants in Epping High Street including The George and Dragon, The Black Lion and The Duke of Wellington, together with various chain cafés and the Verde Café.
For walk directions, map, height profile, and gpx/kml files click here. T=3.259
Hi. Is there a link so we can print the route? Thanks.
Yes, in the same place as always: click on the 'here' in the last sentence of the posting, which gets you to the webpage for this walk, and there click on the 'OS Map' tab.
Yes, but is there a typed guide to the route, please, as in paragraphed instructions? Thank you.
Just saw the referencec to this being a map led walk.
There are some basic written directions for this walk but you will still need a map or gps. See http://www.walksandwalking.com/2013/09/walks walking epping forest centenary walk/
Central Line. Severe delays.
6 at Manor Park station, 1 at the Green Man Roundabout in Leytonstone, 1 more joining in Chingford at the lunch destination, so 8 in warm overcast and muggy then sunny weather.
Wanstead and Leighton Flats looked like the Serengeti and were quiet (i.e. devoid of football teams, it being a weekday). We got to Chingford for 12.30. The men went to the pub, the women for a picnic or to the Butler's Rest cafe. One of the men then headed home to watch the tennis and start his preps for tonight's big match. 2 of the others went to the Butler's Rest cafe for a post lunch coffee and later explored alt. routes to the gpx route, wherever the OS map has the Centenary Walk take a different route. We therefore 'discovered' lots of narrow paths through lonely parts of the forest, interesting.
All remaining 7 were soon enough re united and paid a visit to the remnants of Ambresbury Banks Iron Age hillfort, just a few metres off route. Then we took the direct route to the tube station, foregoing the village route past the pubs and cafes. 16.17 train.
May the best team win.
Hi. New to group. Turned up on time (I think) but no one there, which was no surprise given Central Line trouble. Waited for a while, then invented own walk as unsure of route. When did you 6 start walking? Thank you.
Anonymous 11:33:00 BST: We met on the platform at 09.53 (the train was on time), left the station via the temporary overbridge to the side road and walked up to the main station hall on the main road to check whether anyone was waiting there. Sorry to have missed you.
Thanks, Thomas. See you next time.
Sat, 12-Nov-16 13

Saturday Second Walk: Leaf Colour on Oyster, with late start, but map-led

SWC Walk 259 – Epping Forest Centenary Walk: Manor Park to Epping
Length: 23.8 km (14.8 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 315 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 10.00 Shenfield train from Liverpool Street (10.07 Stratford, then Maryland and Forest Gate), arriving Manor Park at 10.13.
Return: Central Line from Epping, departing every few mins.
This is a map-led walk without any written directions. For a shorter walk in the same area (and with full written directions) check next Sunday's postings.
First outing of this walk originally created by the Friends of Epping Forest in 1978.
The Epping Forest Centenary Walk runs the length of Epping Forest, an area of ancient woodland in north east London on a low ridge between two rivers, The Lea and The Roding. It has been protected since the 12th century as a royal hunting forest, though more recently (1878) it has been managed by the City of London, and to celebrate this anniversary this walk was devised. The walk is mainly wooded and the southern half of the route mainly paved, but the northern part of the walk on unpaved forest trails can be muddy after prolonged wet weather. The route passes close to Chingford Station about halfway for an easy dropout.

Also at the halfway point lie the lunch options: the Royal Forest pub (Brewers Fayre), and the Butler's Retreat café in a restored barn, both part of the Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge/Epping Forest Visitor Centre complex. For tea there is the Duke of Wellington en-route in High Beech and then a number of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Epping High Street, incl. The George and Dragon, The Black Lion and The Duke of Wellington, and various chain cafés. Recommended is the Verde Café at 88 High Street.
For map, height profile, and gpx/kml files click here.
T=3.259
Intend going.
I lived 8.5 years in Leytonstone and used to do a version of this walk regularly. You can walk all the way out of London in the forest, but in the early stages you have to do some ingenious threading in and out of the housing. But it is a cracking day out and at this time of year the tree colour in Epping Forest can be spectacular.

Give my regard to Wansted Flats, my very own African Savannah, and the Whips Cross ponds!

I haven't walked with the SWC before so just want to check there will be some fellow walkers to join at Manor Park?
The walk poster himself is going: see first comment. And I would be surprised if there is not a fair sized group
I have never walked with this group before. I wonder how can I identify you guys? I'll be joining at Manor Park.
Patricia
We usually meet on the platform and 'do names', so join us if there are no barriers at the station, else we'll meet you at the barriers.
Great! Thank you Thomas

Patricia
I did this walk in September with the Friends of Epping Forest and joined at the Green Man Roundabout. This has a nice oasis under the roadways and is easily reachable from the Central Line Leytonstone Tube Station (famous for it's Alfred Hitchcock mosaics).
The walking time from Manor Park to the Green Man Roundabout is about 40 mins (say 30 mins at a brisk pace so a rendez vous at about 10:45 am should be possible).
Perhaps Thomas you could look out for folks who may wish to start from there?
Sure will do. Another SWC regular has already 'threatened' to join in L'stone...
6 walkers off the train, 4 more outside at the barriers (the barrier being a fierce looking man), incl. one of the two pre announced first timers, set off in what turned out to be continous light rain. We negotiated our way through/between the football pitches on Wanstead Flats, part guided by the white topped poles that we were told would be our best guide along the route, apart from the gpx file on the site.
We then picked up 3 more walkers at the Green Man roundabout in Leytonstone, so were up to 13 walkers. While Wanstead Flats was basically semi wild parkland with sports fields, Leyton Flats were just semi wild. After negotiating a few road crossings, usually on bridges, the character changed again to proper woodland, leading to our dear map and compass leader taking a wrong fork and forcing the group a little further along to regain the route by wading through 100m or so of low hanging tree branches.
Nevermind, spirits didn't drop one bit, as the whole group was quite a chatty lot and very distracted, so he got away with that error. We then picked up the Ching River and basically followed it to lunch, again through some lovely woodland, considering this was still in completely urbanised areas.
At Chingford 2 people went to the Butler's Retreat Cafe (very good reports), while the rest (minus 1 retiree) chose the Royal Forest pub. Initial scepticism caused by the chain pub offerings were largely dispelled, as the food was quick in delivery and pretty decent in quality.
3 more walkers bailed out after lunch ('it's too wet', 'I got a plumber coming in'), but we were joined by one other walker, so went on as a group of 10.
Now the afternoon was Epping Forest at its best: not many people (the rain), very little mud (the main drives are almost entirely gravel now), leaf colours galore, mist descending from the treetops, droplets falling even when it wasn't raining, and nicely undulating in character on top of everything. Splendid indeed.
En route we had a good look at the Ambresbury Banks Iron Age Fort, just off the track, supposedly the site of the last stand by Boudica against the Romans in the year 61, but in any case probably the best preserved bank and ditch earthworks of this size so close to London?
On to Epping and despite some people's stamina waining at Epping Station for 16.45, in gloomy conditions, and too late for any cafes, but with everyone happy.
3 took the tube there and then, 7 went on to the nearest pub, which turned out to be a walk in itself: what felt like 15 minutes of uphill strut to the High Street. The George & Dragon was decidedly upmarket (the dining area twice as large as the bar area) and packed, so it took a while and a drink just for a table to become available.
All in all a great day, and maybe, just maybe, the perfect walk for the weather?