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About Epping Forest

Epping Forest is an ancient woodland that stretches for 12 miles, from East London up to South Essex, with its main visitor centre being located near Loughton. The forest covers around 6000 acres which makes it the largest public open space in the Greater London area.

Epping forest is situated in a ridge that is nestled in between the valleys of the rivers Lea and Roding and was never suitable for agriculture thus has been preserved as a forest until today. It is home to beech, oak, holly, hornbeam and birch trees but also accommodates a wide variety of animals such as deer, adder, skylark, nuthatches and many more.

Leisure activities within the forest include, apart from miles of walking trails, horseback riding, mountain biking , angling and walking, there are almost 20 public golf courses and many football pitches as well as open spaces for picnics. The visitor centre offers information on all activities as well as a gift shop and public toilets.

Attractions within the forest include a hunting lodge that was used by Queen Elisabeth I., Wansted Park which is the formal garden of Wansted House and two Iron Age Camps, situated in Loughton and Ambresbury Banks.


Epping Forest Visitor Centre, Loughton, IG10 4AE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(208)5080028 | Official Homepage

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