Walks And Walking – Epping Forest Horseshoe Hill Walking Route
This walk is becoming a family favourite for Tedi and I as we have been walking along this particular part of Epping Forest for the past 4 weekends. It is only 1.43 miles that takes us just over 2 hours to complete with plenty of special cut throughs, streams, muddy puddles, secret ponds, things to climb over and things to climb underneath. So, for a 2 1/2 year old little boy its absolute heaven and with the chance to see the Epping Forest Fallow Deer or Muntjacs it makes this walk even more exciting, mainly for me!
We made our short journey up to Upshire where we parked the car opposite house at the bottom of Horseshoe Hill by the metal gate and footpath sign post and walked along the wide grassy path to the entrance of a large field. Keeping the hedge and stream close to our right hand side we walked along passing the cut through and gate into the Raveners area of Epping Forest on our right hand side.
We continued our walk closely to the stream passing the first natural break down the small banks of the water to the next one where we could clearly see the deer tracks down and up the other side of the stream. Climbing over the low wire fence we then walked up to the corner of the hedgerow in the middle of the field where we spotted a Muntjac.
Walking around the top of the hedgerow we continued up towards the wooden gate where Tedi crawled under and I climbed over to join an area that is known as The Selvage. From here we followed the deer tracks up and slightly to our right hand side, crossing over the main track through the forest, and up into a slightly denser area of woodland.
We then followed the ‘secret’ pond around to its right hand side and out the other end of the woodlands into another large field and a great view of Copped Hall. We then walked left and diagonally across the field to a wooden post on the left hand side, walking slightly further down to a larger cut through in the bushes to renter the forest and continuing our walk by taking the small tracks down to the stream.
At this point Tedi normally jumps in and wades left and around to the right to play with the sticks and stones. This area is very flat and quite sparse so it is perfect for a sheltered place to have a picnic. I normally leave Tedi to get with splashing around while I take Instagram photos of trees, wild flowers and blades of grass to keep me amused whilst his initial jumping around in muddy puddles turns out to be more of a swimming lesson!
We then continue our walk back out into the large field and walk left to trace our steps all the way back to the car.