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.
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.
For walk directions
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