Epping Forest Circular, Essex
Distance: 10.2 km
Time: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes
Once home to a royal hunting ground in Tudor times, Epping Forest straddles the border between London and Essex, with more than 6,000 acres of vast woodland and bursting with wildlife. There are several walking routes to follow, but one of the most scenic has to be the Oak Trail which starts at Theydon Bois underground station. From there, the signposted route is easy to follow and passes through beautiful surroundings, including fields, babblings brooks and a deer sanctuary. A great option whatever the weather, Epping Forest can be reached in just under an hour from central London.
Where To Stop: The George & Dragon
Located on Epping High Street, this stylish pub is popular with locals and it’s easy to see why – from the impressive interiors to the food, it’s worth visiting in May when it reopens. Diners can expect bistro style dishes including Devon crab and king prawn fishcakes; buttermilk chicken, Somerset brie and bacon pie; and tempura battered haloumi.
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