Walks And Walking – Essex Walks Epping Forest Bell Common Walking Route
The general idea for today was to go back out to Cobbins Brook, where I saw some of the Epping Forest Fallow Deer a few weeks ago, and take the Canon EOS 100D camera with me to test it out again and get some good pictures.
I started at Epping Forest London Underground Station and headed up to the High Road at Bell Common before joining the yellow Essex Ramblers Way Markers to Copped Hall where I walked up to Cobbins Brook and back. This walk took me just over 2 hours and covered just over 6 miles.
From Epping Forest station I crossed the road to the car park and walked right to the fence and followed the pathway around the outside of the car park until I reached the steps up to the road. At the road I walked left passed Woodland Grove on my left hand side and then walked right up Western Avenue to the public footpath signpost on the right hand side.
I walked all the way along this track until I reached the houses on my left hand side, crossing over the small lane with the Essex Ramblers way marker on my left hand side to the road at the small roundabout where I walked left down the High Road passed The Bell Hotel and the main entrance to the Copped Hall Estate (Private Driveway) following the sign that said ‘Footpath 200 Yards’.
I walked right up the footpath and followed the track all the way to the next Essex Ramblers way marker that lead into the field where I then walked left around the field edge and then right down to the next Essex Ramblers yellow way marker and walked left into the next field of the Copped Hall Estate. I walked right and followed the edge of the field down to the gate where I then walked left along the lane trying to take photographs of bees in mid flight!
As I walked up the lane I passed a World War II Pill Box and continued my walk to the gravel path on my right that lead up to the metal gate. I followed this path all the way across the fields and straight up to the electricity pylon dead ahead. Just before the pylon there was a large group of trees in the middle of the field on my left hand side so I walked around those and then back down the bottom of the field where I walked left into the forest at Cobbins Brook.
It’s at this point that I had a good route round this dense area of Epping Forest looking for the deer, first around Spratt’s Hedgerow Wood where I walked into the forest and then walked along and then left up the side of the wood and then keeping straight ahead and up to Fitches Plantation through the open gate and along the wide grassy path.
Although I had seen a few deers hopping around the long grass and at distance through the forest I hadn’t seen as many as I thought so just when I switched off and my mind started wandering I startled a large group of them. Fortunately I had the Canon EOS 100D switched on so I took as many pictures as I could, although I didn’t have time to focus it properly, and when I uploaded them to Google+ I got a really good Auto Awesome video animation you can see here.
Feeling rather annoyed with myself I continued my walk back to the lane at Copped Hall and retraced my walking route all the way back to Epping Forest station. All of the photographs taken on this walk were by the Canon EOS 100D – read my review here Canon EOS 100D camera