Walks And Walking – Essex Walks Epping Forest The Ditches Walking Route
This a very short 2 mile circular walk in Epping Forest and ideal for toddlers. After a very successful mile long linear walking route (in a straight line) last week in Knighton Woods I decided on a more adventurous 2 mile circular challenge in Epping Forest this weekend with Tedi. I plotted a very rough course from The Ditches car park to the Epping Forest Deer Sanctuary and back.
You’ll have to forgive me for the map because I forgot to start the walk at the beginning so the ‘straight line’ bit isn’t exactly accurate. From The Ditches car park we turned to the road and then walked right where there was a feint track going in the right direction. The basic premise of the walk is to head towards the Epping Forest Deer Sanctuary (which basically meant turned right out of the car park and head down the road) keeping to the forest tracks with the road close to our left hand side.
Tedi found an abundance of muddy puddles, sticks, leaves and fictional spiders to make the first mile section of the walk last a good hour and I made sure he had plenty of fallen trees to clamber over before we had to join the road by the house (there is only one to contend with). So, carefully walking along the side of the road we then reached the entrance to the Epping Forest Deer Sanctuary at Birch Hall.
We then walked right along the lane until we joined the tracks to the Epping Forest Deer Sanctuary fence passing the footpath signpost and gate on our right hand side on the way. Sadly, the Deers were over the other side of the enclosure so I didn’t get a decent photograph. We then walked back on ourselves to the footpath signpost where we then walked left down the hill and at this stage Tedi was asking for ‘a carry’.
We then piggybacked down the hill to the next few gates before crossing the small stream and zig-zagging back up The Ditches to the car park, only stopping for muddy puddles and sticks on the way. This walk took us just under 2 hours to complete about 2 miles and, in terms of adventure, it is perfect for small children and toddlers that just want to run around, get muddy, climb trees and invent spiders!