Walks And Walking – Easy Short Walks in Epping Forest
These are easy short walks in Epping Forest that are suitable for all of the family. They are walking routes that are mostly up to 5 miles which should take a leisurely 2 to 3 hours to complete. Epping Forest can be quite muddy so it is advisable to wear a good pair of walking boots, wellies or waterproof walking shoes. Facilities can be quite limited in Epping Forest with High Beach being the most central location for refreshments and toilet facilities.
I have highlighted my favourite easy short walks in Epping Forest in bold below:
Knighton Wood and Lords Bushes Walk
An easy 1 mile walk suitable for all of the family and small children through this small island of Epping Forest, can easily be extended by an extra few miles if required.
Horseshoe Hill Walking Route
The perfect walk for an adventurous toddler covering just over 1 mile in Epping Forest with plenty of streams and special cut-throughs to keep them entertained.
The Lime Tree Trail Leytonstone Walk
This is a classic family walk in Epping Forest following The Lime Tree Trail Leytonstone walk route for about a mile of well maintained tracks starting at Harrow Road Sports Pavillion
The Ditches Epping Forest
An easy, but very muddy, 2 mile walk from The Ditches car park to the Epping Forest Deer Sanctuary and back.
Gunpowder Park Walk
A simple 2 mile circular walk in Gunpowder Park offers leisurely walking routes in an area of conservation near Waltham Abbey.
The Beech Trail Walk
A really enjoyable 2.5 mile walking circular walking route in Epping Forest from Pillow Mounds car park in High Beach to Loughton Camp.
South Woodford Walk
An easy 3 mile linear walk from South Woodford to Chingford following the Epping Forest Centenary Walk.
Simple 3 mile circular walking route in Epping Forest around the Warlies House, Park and Gardens in Upshire.
Willow Trail Walk
A simple 3 mile classic family circular walk following The Willow Trail, one of the official Epping Forest walking routes, around Connaught Water.
Epping Forest Family Walk
A 3 mile family stroll randomly around the ancient woodlands of Epping Forest from High Beach.
Holly Trail Walk
A simple 3 mile classic family circular walk following The Holly Trail, one of the official Epping Forest walking routes, starting in Chingford.
Hornbeam Trail Walk
The Hornbeam Trail Walking Route is a short 3 mile Epping Forest family walk starting in the Snaresbrook road car park by the Eagle Ponds.
Epping Forest Gateway
Two walks from The View in Chingford leading down to the Willow Trail Walk and the Holly Trail Walk.
Chestnut Trail Walk
A simple 4 mile classic family circular walk following The Chestnut Trail, one of the official Epping Forest walking routes, starting in Wanstead.
Wanstead Park Walk
A gentle 4 mile circular walk in Wanstead Park, lakes and woodland on well maintained walking routes, tracks and paths.
Cobbins Brook Walk
A lovely 4 mile circular walk to Cobbins Brook from Upshire and around Copped Hall, easy to follow and with a chance to see Fallow Deer.
Gifford Wood Walk
A good 5 mile official Epping Forest walking route from Lodge Road to Copped Hall, Upshire and Warlies Park to the new Gifford Wood and back.
Family Favourite Walk
An awesome 5 mile circular walk from Chingford taking in all of the best sights of this part of Epping Forest. Following the main walking routes this walk starts at Chingford Plain and takes you to High Beach, Loughton Camp, Kate’s Cellar, Strawberry Hill Ponds, Connaught Water and the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge.
For more information about Epping Forest visit their official website here.