Ten Great Reasons to Visit Epping Forest
|Published: 30th January 2019 11:58|
ONE - The Forest Itself
A stunning ancient woodland and former royal hunting forest stretching 12 miles from London to Epping. Savour the tranquility and space in this enchanting natural landscape or opt for more active pursuits - the opportunities are limitless! Remember that a number of Forest routes are attractive and accessible to all. Why not combine your visit with a country pub lunch?
TWO - On London's Doorstep
Spend less of your day out travelling - the Epping Forest area is a country retreat and recreational haven on London Underground's Central Line and just minutes from the North Circular, M25 and M11. For those looking for an affordable way to visit the Capital, and experience the English countryside using Epping Forest as a base offer the best of both worlds.
THREE - Adrenalin Heaven
Don't be fooled it's not all about pretty, green and serene! For extreme sports fans out there the Epping Forest area offers adrenaline pumping whitewater rafting at the host venue of the London 2012 Canoe Slalom events, exhilarating sports car and hovercraft experiences, flying lessons, mountain biking, high rope adventures and much more.
FOUR - Hidden Heritage
Discover Waltham Abbey's secret history in gunpowder production with connections to King Harold or experience Copped Hall, which hosted the first performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Marvel at the world's oldest wooden church at Greensted then make a visit to Ongar which retains the influence of its Saxon and Norman past and from where you can board a steam train towards Epping.
FIVE - Taste Sensations
You'll be spoilt for choice with prized butchers on our high streets (including one which recently celebrated its 125th anniversary!). Tempting farm shops and town centres brimming with eating options! For that special occasion we have true gems in fine dining and for walker or cyclist with weary feet and hungry tums try one of the area's fantastic country pub offerings - idyllic in the summer sunshine with views over the Forest, the village cricket green or London's skyline in the distance.
SIX - Countryside Galore
Where else can you be just minutes from a motorway but feel immersed in glorious countryside? What's more, Epping Forest and Lee Valley Regional Park provide direct green links into the area so if journeying from London, you can leave the car and other transport entirely and venture on foot or by bike. Whatever your interest and ability the district offers it all, from forest tracks to riverside trails and rambles in the open countryside, from the 82-mile Essex Way starting in Epping to short circular routes for the whole family.
SEVEN - Superb Shopping
Epping, Waltham Abbey and Ongar are vibrant historic towns with active market days. Loughton hosts a monthly farmer's market and North Weald Airfield boasts the country's biggest open-air market every Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday. The district's high streets have wonderfully different personalities and their wealth of local independent shops set them apart from neighbouring centres making them perfect for a relaxing stroll.
EIGHT - Family Fun
From rockets and explosions in Professor Nitrate's Mad Lab at Secret Island to the thrill of a journey by heritage bus and steam on Epping Ongar Railway, there's so much to experience. The District Museum brings fascinating local history to life. Or get up close with the cuddly sheep, mischievous meerkats and much more at Lee Valley Park Farms.
NINE - Laidback Leisure
Simply take your pick - the Epping Forest area is a veritable play-ground of leisure pursuits..... will it be 18 holes, trying your hand at fly fishing, a jaunt into the forest on horseback, boating on the River Lee or hiring a bike?NINE - Laidback Leisure
Simply take your pick - the Epping Forest area is a veritable play-ground of leisure pursuits..... will it be 18 holes, trying your hand at fly fishing, a jaunt into the forest on horseback, boating on the River Lee or hiring a bike?
TEN - Captivating Events
With a packed annual calendar of spectacular events you'll keep coming back for more! Savour exquisite music or theatre performance at Copped Hall, be thrilled by historic re-enactments at Secret Island or gaze in wonder a fly-ins over North Weald Airfield. Alternatively, get your TOWIE-fix with a celebrity tour of the area, venture to Waltham Abbey in October for the renowned King Harold Day or check out the bizarre sounding but utterly fantastic Great British Cucumber Festival!
To book tickets for journeys and special events on the Epping Ongar Railway visit www.eorailway.co.uk. The Epping Forest District contains a mainline railway station at Roydon and there are many more adjacent to its borders. There is also London Underground services that make London easily accessible. Useful links: Transport for London www.tfl.gov.uk or National Rail Enquiries www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Essex has a road network of approximately 4,660 miles in length. The major trunk roads are the A12, A120 and motorways M11 and M25 make the district easy to access on the national highways network. To plan a road journey visit www.highways.gov.uk/traffic.
For further informatio contact www.visiteppingforest.org.