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The “Ragged Children” of Epping Forest

Epping Forest is an escape from the city or town life, you can walk from busy urban roads straight into wild open space, but this is nothing new and has been seen for centuries as an essential benefit to people. Coming out of Loughton station you probably wouldn’t know which way to walk into the…
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Car Parks in Epping Forest

Below is a map for car parks in Epping Forest The areas surrounding these car parks will still be subject to the verge parking rules and tickets issued for verge parking. em here *Please remember to respect the forest and take litter home with you* *Please be mindful of other forest users when using the…
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Cycling in Epping Forest

The 6,000 acres of Epping Forest is the closest freely accessible woodland to London and offers a wide range of off-road cycling opportunities. There are over 80 Kilometres of multi-user tracks, including 9 waymarked trails that are accessible to all and give a great opportunity to explore the forest from Wanstead in the south and…
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Fruits of the forest

The forest has an abundance of natural fruits and berries. However it is illegal to pick them. Over recent years foraging and mushroom picking has become a big issue which has a detrimental affect on the natural environment of the forest. Not limited to the obvious fly agaric pictured above there are some more lethal…
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Byelaws made by the Conservators of Epping Forest, in pursuance of the Epping Forest Acts 1878 and 1880 and the City of London (Various Powers) Act 1977.


The deer of Epping Forest are an “ornament to be preserved” within the Epping Forest Act. They are a much loved addition to the forest in the general public’s eyes. Deer were introduced into the forest for Royal hunting and have not just survived but thrived because of the natural habitat and protection. The types…
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The forest

Epping Forest is an ancient forest that has been afforded protection by the Epping Forest Act since 1878.   It is a long, relatively narrow strip of woodland that stretches from Forest Gate in East London out past Epping in Essex. Varying landscapes from steep wooded valleys to flat open plains is what helps make…
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