NOTE: We are not allowed to pick the mushrooms, as the whole forest is a protected area.
Do you live in London or just arrived and want to explore more? This day hike is the best way to find out what London has to offer, and find great people to socialise with!
About Epping Forest
Epping Forest is an area of ancient woodland covering around 6,000 acres, from Manor Park in east London to just north of Epping in Essex. There are around 500 rare and endangered insect species in the forest; and over 1,600 fungi species, including some of the rarest recorded specimens across Europe. There are almost 100 km (~62 mi) of surfaced and unsurfaced trails for access to the woodlands, ponds, open country and the diverse range of flora and fauna for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders.
The Oak Trail
Distance: ~7 miles (~11 km)
Terrain: Undulating, uneven and challenging. Some road walking along pavements is also involved. Several paths are likely to be muddy.
Time: 3-4 hours.
Theydon Bois Underground Station (Central Line) will be our departure point. We'll walk towards Great Gregories, pass the M25, then we'll head along Epping Thicks and Ambresbury Banks. As we'll pass Furze Ground, we'll enter the Deer Sanctuary, where hopefully will see some deer. Theydon Plain will be the last segment of the hike, then we'll head towards a pub near Theydon Bois station.
• Food / Sandwiches / Protein Bars / Fruits
• 2-3 litres of water
• Walking boots or other suitable footwear (some paths are muddy)
• A spare pair of shoes (to wear in train/car)
• Waterproof clothing (Welcome to London)
• Long trousers (avoid shorts!) - some areas have overgrown stinging nettle
• Money for drinks / food at the pub
This hike is free of charge.