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A view over verdant grass and thick hedges to the treeline at Bell Common, with a soft blue sky above.


The postcodes for car parks near Bell Common and Epping Thicks are:

Forest Side: CM16 4DU
Piercing Hill: CM16 7JW​

Contact us

​Tel: 020 8532 1010

In an emergency, always call 999 first


​Bell Common and Epping Thicks are not accessible areas of Forest. Their car parks are uneven, non-paved surfaces and lack disabled bays. The area itself has unmade paths and trails only and the area can be muddy, but does not have many slopes and may be suitable for walking frames and some wheelchair users.

Opening hours

​Bell Common and Epping Thicks are always open


Bell Common and Epping Thicks form a stretch of mixed woodland and grassland that sprouts from Ambresbury Bank and Genesis Slade to meander up through the south of Epping.

Parking info and travel links

Getting here


See our Epping Forest Map (290KB)

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Free parking is available at Forest Side and Piercing Hill car parks.

See our car parks page for more information.

Things to do in Bell Common and Epping Thicks

If picnicking in the Forest, please take care not to litter. Please note too that barbecues are prohibited under our byelaws. Our byelaws can be enforced by fine or prosecution.