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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

Following the easement of COVID-19 lock-down restrictions some car parks in Epping Forest will be re-opened on Thursday 14th May. These will be some of the double gated car parks in popular areas of the northern parts of the forest but not all of them. Southern forest car parks remain closed The Pillow mounds car…
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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

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.

Deer

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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