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Epping Forest is made up of many distinct areas of woodland, grassland and other habitats. Together these areas make up something greater than the sum of their parts and which spans 2,400 hectares from Manor Park all the way out to beyond Epping.

Put another way, the Forest is very big and has lots to see and do - so to help you plan your day out with us, we've broken the Forest up into smaller areas along with maps, travel information, nearby car parks, walking routes and ideas for things to do while you're here.

Using this guide

Check out our Epping Forest Map (300KB), see where you'd like to go, then find the area in the list below and get everything you need for your day out.

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  1. Slender birches cover leaf-strewn slopes around Ambresbury Banks. Ambresbury Bank
    Ambresbury Banks is one of two Iron Age earthworks in Epping Forest and is a Scheduled Monument. It is thought to have been built around 500 BC and, occupying one of the highest points in the Forest, is thought to have been a hill fort.
  2. A snow-speckled Barn Hoppitt viewed through ancient oaks. Barn Hoppitt
    Barn Hoppitt is an ancient pollard wood and many of its veteran trees even outdate nearby Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge which is over 470 years old.
  3. A view over verdant grass and thick hedges to the treeline at Bell Common, with a soft blue sky above. Bell Common and Epping Thicks
    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.
  4. A view between slender birches of a leaf-covered stream leading through the Forest. Birch Wood
    Birch Wood and surrounding Oak Hill make up a hilly swath of old coppice woodland that was once part of Theydon Estate - crossed here and there with streams, dotted with bogs and broken up with occasional meadow plains, it often makes for picturesque scenes.
  5. The Lost Pond at Blackweir Hill in the depths of winter, reflecting a cadmium blue with bare trees all around. Blackweir Hill
    Blackweir Hill is a span of woodland near Loughton and is home to a number of scenic ponds including Blackweir Pond, perhaps better known as the 'Lost Pond' - a moniker given by James Brimble. It's often considered as Epping Forest's most picturesque and tranquil pond, a perfect spot for fishing or quiet contemplation.
  6. A muddy path leads uphill toward the setting sun seen between bare winter trees in Bury Wood. Bury Wood
    Bury Wood is a quiet, wooded area full of fascinating veteran trees including Grimston's Oak, an oak pollard reckoned to be about 350 years old.
  7. A grassy trail between bright-coloured trees in springtime at Bush Wood. Bush Wood
    Bush Wood is a quiet area of mixed woodland and grassland that joins Wanstead Flats and Leyton Flats. Once part of Wanstead Park, some of the formal trees planted here are still standing, including plenty of lime and sweet chestnut trees.
  8. Two horse-riders canter across Chingford Plain at the foot of Dannett's Hill. Chingford Plain
    Chingford Plain is a beautiful combination of lush grasslands and shaded woodlands, and is located just below our visitor centres at The View and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge.
  9. A view of Connaught Water in autumn, surrounded by russett trees and glinting in the sun. Connaught Water
    Connaught Water is one of the most popular lakes to walk around in Epping Forest, largely because of the range of wildlife that lives here and its close proximity to Chingford.
  10. Verdant trees and blades of grass bow in the wind on a bright, gusty day at Epping Long Green. Epping Long Green
    Epping Long Green is a verdant lane of tree-lined meadow bordering the village of Epping Green. Its emerald spans of grass pair with diverse wildflowers - including natural white roses - to make it a stunning spring and summer destination.
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