Walks And Walking – Epping Forest The Chestnut Trail Walking Route Wanstead Park
This is another of the brilliant new Epping Forest walking routes offering a leisurely walk in Wanstead Park perfect for all the family. Claiming to be 5 miles and taking about 2 hours this walking route covered 3.3 miles taking me 1 hour and 15 minutes according to ViewRanger. The arrows on the official Epping Forest Chestnut Trail are also pointing in the opposite direction to the dark green arrow waymarkers found at frequent intervals at every turning point on the walk. As there was a waymarker at the very start of the walk I decided to follow them and not the direction the map would have taken me.
From the car park at the end of Warren Road I walked left following the dark green arrow waymarker taking the middle track at the Epping Forest Information Board by the metal barrier on to the wide grassy path to the lake, an area known as The Glade, walking left at the waymarker and then straight ahead at the next waymarker keeping right at the stream and the next waymarker walking along the wide gravel track to the next waymarker all the time being kept company by Grey Squirrels and the abundance of ducks, geese and swans.
I then turned right at the next waymarker around The Canal to the remains of the old building on my right hand side walking right at the next waymarker forking right at the next waymarker over the bridge forking left to the next waymarker and then keeping left at the next waymarker forking left at the next waymarker and then turning left at the next waymarker at the bottom of the lake through the metal barrier to the road. I then turned right along the pavement and then right back in to Wanstead Park at the next waymarker keeping straight ahead at the next waymarker.
I then walked right at the next waymarker and then straight ahead passing the Wanstead signpost straight ahead to the metal barrier and next waymarker keeping straight ahead through the tree-lined avenue all the way up to the next waymarker at The Temple. I then walked left following the waymarker forking left at the next waymarker turning left at the next waymarker on to the lane keeping straight ahead at the next waymarker and back to the car park.