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A view of Highams Park Lake through reeds on its bank.

Highams Park is a long narrow stretch of open space linking Walthamstow Forest with Hatch Forest near Chingford.

Created by Humphry Repton in 1794, the Park now forms part of the our Special Area of Conservation and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, being home to lots of plants and tree species, including ancient hornbeam pollards and a grove of young oaks upstream of the lake.

Things to do in Highams Park

  • Explore the Park on foot, by bike or with your dog
  • Enjoy a picnic at the water's edge, on the grass or under the trees
  • Spend the day fishing at Highams Park Lake, well-populated with eels, perch, pike, roach, tench and rudd
  • Bring your binoculars and admire the many species of water fowl that call the park home

If picnicking, please take your litter home with you and note that barbecues are not permitted in Epping Forest. If feeding the birds, please give them oats, bird seed or duck food as bread lacks nutrition and can cause them health problems including defects in chicks.

How to get here

See our Epping Forest Map (300KB)

View a Google Map

Plan your trip with TfL Journey Planner

Parking is available at The Charter Road and at nearby Highams Park station

30 April 2014
Last Modified:
07 February 2020