Sports and recreation


Epping Forest is really popular for cycling. It is a rapidly growing sport and leisure activity. There are all types of terrain that allow for cycling for all age groups and abilities but there are some restrictions in place that you should be aware of such as areas where cycling is prohibited

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Walking and running

With 6000 acres of varying terrain there is something for everyone to see. There are marked our trails or just head off under your own steam and also easy access and disabled paths so everyone can get out and about into Epping Forest.

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A well established local running club, the Orion Harriers have been going out litter picking and jogging at the same time. A fantastic idea to combine exercise and helping the environment at the same time. If you want to find out more about them click “go plogging”

Orion Harriers

Horse Riding

Epping Forest just wouldn’t seem right without horses. Horse riders have to pay to use the forest as well as the cost of owning and keeping their horses and their use of the forest is at a slightly different pace to that of cycling and running. There is a lot of pressure on the horse riding community with fee’s restricted useage during different seasons, traffic, large crowds on busy days but horses are part of the historic use of the forest and daily life. The riding community is represented in the forest by EFRA but also this forum always has and will support them. If you want to get involved with horse riding in Epping Forest there is no better place to start  than by contacting EFRA

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Winter riding rules are now in force

Wildlife with the Wren group

The Wren wildlife and conservation group is open to all ages and backgrounds. Based mainly but not exclusively in the southern parts of the forest this is a friendly group which holds a wealth of information about our local wildlife and conservation. Passionate about preserving habitats they are hands on with their conservation work as well as educating people. If you want to maybe get out and help then please contact them and find out more about their work and what you can do

Contact Wren


There are three golf clubs within the boundaries of the forest and a link to each website can be found below

Chingford Golf club Theydon Golf clubWoodford Golf club