Walks And Walking – Essex Walks Epping Forest Warlies Walking Route
This is an easy 3 mile circular walking route in Epping Forest around Warlies Park House and Gardens. I did this walk with Tedi and now that he is 3 years old he could almost manage the whole route without me having to pick him up too many times to put him on my shoulders.
There is a small lay-by car park where Upshire Road, Woodgreen Road and Horseshoe Hill all meet on Pick Hill lane where we parked the car. Walking right to the footpath signpost we walked left through the metail kissing gate and headed uphill along the wide grassy path. We followed this track all the way down the other side until we reached a wooden gate that Tedi climbed over all by himself!
We then carried on our walk along the same wide grassy path walking right through the next wooden gate by the white pole. We continued our walk along the next path crossing the gate and small wooden footbridge. We then headed across this field until we reached the gate with the blank metal notice board at Cobbins Brook FAS. We walked up to the Cobbins Brook flood alleviation scheme notice board and then walked left and then right through the next set of gates and then down into the area prone to flooding.
As Cobbins Brook bent round to the left hand side we walked up the small slope to the top right hand corner of the field to the next wooden gate where we walked through and then walked sharp right into the next field. Half way along this field we walked right to the stile on the opposite end of the field. Again, Tedi was very pleased with himself for being able to climb it all himself.
At the end of this path we walked left down Fernhall Lane and then sharp right up Long Street until we reached our picnic spot at the footpath signpost on our right hand side. After a short break we continued our walk along the footpath by the sign post as we started our walk back to the car. As we entered quite a dense part of Epping Forest we spotted a group of Fallow Deer, about 6 females and a male, which was great. There was quite a lot of wildlife to see on our walk – young calves, cows, plenty of hedge birds, a large hair, the usual squirrels, dogs and horses as well as a really clear sighting of a Woodpecker.
As we continued our walk we passed the Obelisk on our right hand side and got a second glimpse of the deer as they trotted across the fields. At Obelisk Farm we walked right downhill before walking left through a gate and notice board for Warlies. We continued to follow this track across fields and a hollow tree that Tedi climbed in to. We then continued our walk to the next gate and then walked left up the lane by Warlies House all the way to Horseshoe Hill where we walked right back to the car, bang on 3 miles and 2 hours later.