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Straddling a ridge on the outskirts of London, Epping Forest is one of Britain’s most revered patches of woodland. In 1882, when Queen Elizabeth proclaimed the 600 acres (243 hectares) known as Epping Forest to be the people’s forest, the area became a destination for leisure seekers. Today, the tradition continues with locals and visitors to the region using the forest for hiking, bird-watching and mountain biking.
Start your day with a stop at one of the visitor centers found throughout the park. Here you can learn about the ecology and history of the forest. Listen in to a ranger talk and find out why the forest is one of just three Special Areas for Conservation in the area. Interactive activities will entertain children for hours and leave them excited to explore the winding paths that lead from the centers into the forest. Before you leave a center, pick up a trail guide to help you discover the regions of Epping Forest.
Keep watch for the local wildlife as you hike along the trails. As well as deer, rabbits and squirrels, the forest is home to many rare species of bird. Epping Forest is a popular destination for bird-watchers, with great crested grebe, woodpeckers and skylarks commonly seen nesting in the trees.
Experience the thrill of mountain biking; rent a bike from the Cycle Hire Centre located within the forest. Safety information is provided for first-timers and a map gives information about the various trails.
Epping Forest is located approximately 15 miles (24 kilometers) from London and can be reached by car in less than an hour. Free parking is available at all entrances to the forest. Use public transport to reach the forest via the city of London. The forest is open daily and there is no admission fee.
Situated in Loughton, this guesthouse is within 12 miles (20 km) of White Hart Lane Stadium, Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford City. London Stadium and Finsbury Park are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated in Loughton, this bed & breakfast is within 12 mi (20 km) of White Hart Lane Stadium, Olympic Park, and Westfield Stratford City. London Stadium and Finsbury Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Waltham Abbey Church and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Epping Forest. Lee Valley White Water Centre is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.
Situated in Epping, this motel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Epping Forest and within 6 miles (10 km) of Waltham Abbey Church and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge. Lee Valley White Water Centre and Gilwell Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in Chingford, this golf hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of White Hart Lane Stadium, Westfield Stratford City and London Stadium. Finsbury Park and Olympic Park are also within 9 miles (15 km). Chingford Station is 18 minutes by foot.
Located in Chingford, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of White Hart Lane Stadium, Westfield Stratford City and London Stadium. Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace are also within 9 miles (15 km). Chingford Station is only a 1-minute walk.
Situated in Buckhurst Hill, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Westfield Stratford City, White Hart Lane Stadium and London Stadium. Excel Exhibition Centre and Olympic Park are also within 9 miles (15 km). Roding Valley Underground Station is 16 minutes by foot and Buckhurst Hill Underground Station is 16 minutes.
Located in Enfield Lock, this apartment building is within 12 mi (20 km) of White Hart Lane Stadium, Alexandra Palace, and Finsbury Park. Emirates Stadium and Westfield Stratford City are also within 12 mi (20 km). Enfield Lock Station is 16 minutes by foot and Brimsdown Station is 24 minutes.