Epping Forest

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Epping Forest6000-acre wood and the largest public open space in Greater London.

A vast area of natural beauty, Epping Forest spreads out from the northeast of the city limits towards the M25 circular. Encompassing 6000 acres, the forest provides a cocktail of ponds, parkland and meadows but is mainly home to a magnificent array of ancient trees. The two thirds of the area that are heavily wooded make this one of London’s most magical nature spots.

Representing the largest public open space in Greater London the forest is perfect for some really wild exploring, on two-legs, four-legs (horse riding is very popular) or on wheels (bring your bike or hire one there). Bridleways, mountain bike trails and intriguing paths thread their way through the trees and undergrowth, criss-crossing in a mysterious and mind-boggling way.

Originally one of the royal hunting forests (evidence suggests it achieved this status in the 12th century during the reign of Henry I) its history actually dates back to 8000BC. Having miraculously survived ever encroaching developments, the public have enjoyed rights over the area for centuries, using it as a source of fuel and food as well as grazing their livestock there.

These days a wholly different set of activities are pursued. The informative visitor centre coordinates a huge range of activities ranging from organised walks taking in themes such as bats and archaeology to model airplane flying and orienteering. You can even get stuck in helping the wardens to plant trees. If you just want to walk and explore look out for Wanstead Park, Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, the Temple, and vestiges of two Iron Age settlements en route.

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Bridleways and biking, ponds, parkland and forest walks.

Did you know?
Epping Forest was highwayman Dick Turpin’s stomping ground.

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

Loughton Tube Station
11 minutes walk
Buckhurst Hill Tube Station
27 minutes walk

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    London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel † from £52† 36% off
    713 Eastern Ave, IG2 | 5.3 miles from Epping Forest
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    Holiday Inn London - Stratford City
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    10A Chestnut Plaza, E20 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £54† 32% off
    335 - 337 High Street, E15 | 7.9 miles from Epping Forest
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    Victoria Park
    London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
    Approach Road, Hackney, London | 8.2 miles from Epping Forest
    One of London’s best kept secrets, Victoria Park is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. Inside the park's boundaries countless varieties of trees stripe the ... More
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    Bunhill Fields
    London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
    38 City Road, Shoreditch, London EC1Y | 10.2 miles from Epping Forest
    Small, wooded dissenters' cemetery in the city centre. William Blake, John Bunyan and Daniel Defoe are among over 120,000 nonconformists whose bodies are squeezed closely together within ... More
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    London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
    NW3 | 10.6 miles from Epping Forest
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    William Morris Gallery
    London > Attractions > Art Galleries
    Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 | 4.8 miles from Epping Forest
    The Grade II-listed William Morris Gallery, housed in the mid-18th century boyhood home of artist and designer William Morris, has a permanent exhibition on his ... More
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    East Village
    London > Attractions > Other Attractions
    Victory Park Celebration Avenue, E20 | 7.2 miles from Epping Forest
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    Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
    London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
    8 Rangers Road, E4 | 28 minutes from Epping Forest
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    London > Entertainment > Cinemas
    Gerry Raffles Square, Salway Road, E15 | 7.4 miles from Epping Forest
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    Theatre Royal Stratford East
    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    Gerry Raffles Square, E15 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    Theatre Square, E15 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Shopping >
    Unit 45-46, The Mall, Stratford, Stratford, London E15 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
    The Swedish lifestyle store Tiger proves that cheap and cheerful can stylish too. Doing for interiors, toys and kitchen gadgets what IKEA has done for furniture, ... More
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    Harringay Local Store
    London > Shopping > Supermarkets
    581C Green Lanes, N8 | 7.6 miles from Epping Forest
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    Elevator Gallery
    London > Shopping > Art and Design
    Mother Studios, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, E9 | 7.8 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
    18 High Road, E18 | 3.8 miles from Epping Forest
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    198 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 | 3.8 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
    103 - 105 George Lane,, South Woodford, E18 | 3.8 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Education > Careers Services
    27B Dalston Lane, E8 | 8.6 miles from Epping Forest
    Connexions is a countrywide information and advisory service for 13-19 year olds and people with special learning needs or disabilities under 25. They offer an array ... More
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    London > Education > Evening Classes
    Unit 207, Belgravia Workshop, 157-163 Marlborough Road, N19 | 9.1 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Education > Adult Education
    121 Roman Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 9.1 miles from Epping Forest
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    Lee Valley Leisure Complex, 61 Meridian Way, Edmonton, N9 | 3.6 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
    Opp Hainault Industrial Estate, Forest Road, Fairlop, Essex, IG6 | 4.1 miles from Epping Forest
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    UK Bungee Club
    London > Leisure > Extreme Sports
    Fairlop Waters, Leisure Complex, Forest Road, Barkingside, Essex, IG6 | 4.2 miles from Epping Forest
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    1 The Green, Winchmore Hill, N21 | 6.5 miles from Epping Forest
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    47 Stratford Broadway, E15 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    47 Stratford Broadway, E15 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Queen's Yard, E9 | 7.8 miles from Epping Forest
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    The Fringe
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Swan Wharf, Old Ford Lock, E3 | 8 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
    Amhurst Road, E8 | 8.1 miles from Epping Forest
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    London > Business > Venue Hire
    23-27 Wadeson Street, Hackney, London E2 | 8.9 miles from Epping Forest
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    Union Chapel
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    The Vestry, Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, N1 | 9.5 miles from Epping Forest
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    ExCel London Exhibition Centre
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    Royal Victoria Dock, E16 | 9.6 miles from Epping Forest
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