Walks And Walking – Best New Spring Walks In Epping Forest For 2013
Epping Forest receives nearly 5 million visits each year and Spring is a great time to visit these ancient woodlands. Here is a round up of what is new in Epping Forest for 2013 which make great Spring walks.
Epping Forest – The best place to start your walks
One of the best places to start your walk in Epping Forest is Chingford, Essex, where there are plenty of trains from Liverpool Street Station in central London or Loughton, Essex, which is situated on the London Underground Central Line and only a short walk is required before entering the forest near Loughton Camp and High Beach.
Although High Beach has just redeveloped its areas for car parking it gets extremely busy at the weekends so I find that Chingford is better for parking. There is also a new Forest Gateway complex in Chingford, at Dannet’s Hill, including its new and very impressive visitors centre at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge and Butler’s Retreat Cafe, where you can sit for refreshments and check out the view over Chingford Plain and surrounding Epping Forest.
The Gifford Wood Appeal aims to plant 4,500 trees on a new 5 acre site recently acquired by the City of London in Upshire, extending the forest by planting new trees and creating new woodlands for the benefit of both wildlife and walkers. You can see the full walk here Gifford Wood walking route where I spent an enjoyable few hours in Epping Forest in an area well known for seeing the Epping Forest Fallow Deer.
There is now a new accessible path around the margins of the lake which is suitable for the whole family to spend a very leisurely hour walking around Connaught Water and not get muddy! Connaught Water is also the start of the Willow Trail walking route which is a fully waymarked easy 3 mile walk.
Epping Forest websites and events for Spring 2013
The Epping Forest District Tourism Partnership launched a new website developed to provide information on places to visit, eat and stay and how to get to the different attractions within the area with a regularly updated ‘What’s On’ section. You can also visit the official City of London website here.