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Visit Epping Forest car-free
It’s easy to get to Epping Forest car-free, using the Overground, Central Line or by bus. Epping Forest Heritage Trust made these handy maps, which show the nearest tube stations and tips for if you’re lost. They also took the photograph in the header of this page.
Overground trains stop at Chingford, which is within 10 minutes’ stroll from Queen Elizabeth 1’s Hunting Lodge and Epping Forest Visitor Centre. The journey is about 25-minutes from Liverpool Street via Hackney Downs and Walthamstow. From Chingford, you can trek further into the forest for the Holly or Willow trails. (There is also a heritage railway from Ongar in Essex.)
Underground stations on the Central Line near the forest include:
- Epping (35 mins from Liverpool Street)
- Theydon Bois (for the Oak Trail to Ambresbury Banks iron age fort and bus stop)
- Loughton (half-hour walk to the other Visitor Centre, Veteran Tree Trail and Loughton Camp)
- Wanstead or Redbridge (for the Temple)
- Snaresbrook (for the Hornbeam or Lime trails)
Buses stop inside the forest at:
- Ambresbury Banks (regular service, for the iron age fort on the Oak Trail from Theydon Bois)
- Village Hall (regular, for the Gifford Trail)
- Lodge Road (regular)
- Goldings Hill Forest (frequent, for the Golden Hill Trail)
- Wake Arms Roundabout (frequent)
Use our journey planner to get the best route from where you are.
Cyclists welcome - plan your route here
Here’s some information on access to attractions, buses and trains.
About Epping Forest
Veteran trees are knobbly and bulgy giants. Overtime they establish ecosystems all of their own, with places to climb and hide in. Epping Forest consists of 55,000 such characters, covering 5,900 acres of ancient woodland. Some trees alive today are as old as the Anglo Saxons, and the habitat is thought to have existed on this spot since the last ice age.
Humans interacted with the forest since we have been here. It was once (shared) common land, enclosed as a royal hunting ground, and later one of the first landscapes to be protected by parliament. The forest is now looked after as a place for people and wildlife to relax and mingle.
For any queries about visiting contact Epping Forest on 020 8532 1010 or email@example.com
Address: 6 Ranger's Road, London, E4 7QH. Visit Website