GMG Walkers – Epping Forest Walk


Sunday 21st October, 2018


10:30 am - 3:30 pm



This week we are walking from Loughton to Epping (8 miles), there should be some autumn colour on this walk through ancient woodland of Epping Forest

The forest is renowned for its ancient pollarded trees, primarily oak, beech and hornbeam, which support a wealth of rare insects and fungi. It is common to see deer in the more open areas. In the afternoon, you may see English Longhorn cattle.

This Is London’s largest open space at around 6,000 acres and stretches 12 miles from Manor Park in East London to just north of Epping. The forest, rich in wildlife, is of national and international importance with two-thirds of it designated an area of special scientific interest. It is renowned for its ancient pollarded trees, primarily oak, beech and hornbeam which support a wealth of insects and fungi, many of them rare and vulnerable.

The forest has a significant population of the distinctive dark coloured fallow deer and it is common to see these in the more open areas. Muntjac deer are also present and 10 of the 18 species of bat found in Britain have been recorded. English Longhorn cattle have been introduced to rejuvenate rare heathland flora and you should see these in the afternoon on the way to Copped Hall. They graze behind unobtrusive electric fences.

Lunch – at either the Kings Oak hotel gastro pub (0208 508 5000) or the Horseshoes country pub (01992  712745).

Outward and return journeys on the Central Line.

Our walks are led by our long-time intrepid member and walker; Frank.

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