Walks And Walking – Epping Forest Cobbins Brook Walking Route
This is a 4 mile circular walking route in Epping Forest starting in Upshire, heading out to Copped Hall and up to Cobbins Brook before turning back through dense parts of Epping Forest woodland to find some Fallow Deer rejoining the track back to Upshire.
I had the opportunity to go for a walk in Epping Forest on my own today so thought I’d go a bit deeper into the forest to try and find the Fallow Deers. It was good to get out and stretch my legs for a few hours and the weather was perfect for it.
I parked the car in our usual Upshire spot, at the black gate and signpost sign between the Upshire Village sign and the Good Intent pub – opposite the house with the deer embedded into the stone by the top windows. Walking into the forest to the large open area I walked on the right hand side following the wide grassy track, turning right at the gate. I then walked on the left hand side of the field all the way round to the left hand corner and through the kissing gate. I then walked right and walked to the right hand side of the field to the open gate leading into the forest, keeping straight ahead across the next field where I walked to the left hand side turning left at the crossroad of grassy paths and keeping right and with the trees on my right hand side all the way to Copped Hall gardens down to the large metal gate at the bottom right hand corner of the field.
I then walked right up the lane all the way until I saw the yellow public footpath way marker where I walked left across the field all the way up to the lane where I then walked left. I then followed the bright green permissive footpath arrows all the way down the lane turning left to keep following the arrows just before the entrance to the house. At the next green arrow I kept straight ahead walking directly towards the electricity pylon marvelling at all of the bees, bugs and butterflies that were all over the wild flowers.
At the end of the track I walked slightly to the right at the edge of the forest to an entrance which takes you along the edge of the woods where I walked to the right hand side, peering into the dense forest area trying to find the Deers. This area is known as Cobbin’s Brook and is normally quite a good area for Deer but so far, no good in my quest to find them. As I exited the forest I walked left on the left hand side of the field, again peering in every so often to try and spot them. The field was a lovely light blue glow of wild flowers which was lovely to see.
I continued to walk around the forest edge as it bent round to the left and then left again where there is a sort of basin that’s always worth a look for the Deer. In the field opposite is another good place to look so I walked across the field and slightly to the right to the field edge and then decided to go into the dense forest to see if I could find anything. The nettles were about 5 feet tall and quite thick so the alternative route is to keep walking along the field edge until you get to an open gate and turn left walking up the lane to the Upshire Village sign and then turning left back down to your car/transport.
There is a wide path to the very left of the forest so I waded through the nettles to get to it and spotted a few of the Deer along the way. One was a mother with her baby and both were a delightful light brown with white spots – couldn’t get a picture though which was a shame. I then exited the forest at the wooden gate at the end of the track to return to the lane by the big metal gate at Copped Hall. I walked right to find the yellow public footpath way marker to go back into the forest and through the kissing gate where I then walked right over the small stream and then left and right into the clearing and then out into the wide open area from earlier. I then walked eft all the way back to the car after walking 1 hour and 42 minutes covering 4.4 miles.