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Epping Forest London
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Epping Forest is located to the north east of London close to the junction of the M11 and the M25. The closest villages to the Forest are Loughton, Theydon Bois and Epping.

This ancient woodland in south-east England runs along a ridge between the valleys of the Stort and Lee Rivers. It was once much larger but during the centuries has now been reduced to 6,000 acres (2428 hectares).
 
Formed during the last ice age (approximately 8,000 BC) it contains areas of pollarded trees, grassland, heath, rivers, ponds and bogs. These old pollarded trees are unique to Epping Forest and this has lead to the forest being declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
 
Royal Hunting Ground
Originally the forest was a Royal Hunting Ground particularly favoured by King Henry VIII and his daughter Queen Elizabeth I. They built a hunting lodge in the forest near Chingford so they could watch the deer chase. Queen Elizabeths Hunting Lodge is now a museum and is open to the public.
 
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Fallow deer can still be seen wandering among the oaks, beeches, hornbeams, silver birches and holly trees. English Longhorn cattle have been reintroduced to graze the forest floor and keep down the undergrowth.
 
Highwayman Dick Turpin
This forest was a favourite hideout for the infamous 18th century thief, murderer and highwayman, Dick Turpin. Turpin conducted many of his hold-ups on the London Road near Loughton.
 
Jacob Epstein 
One of Loughton’s favourite sons was the sculptor Jacob Epstein. For twenty-five years, he lived at Baldwins Hill on the edge of the forest. He had hoped that his sculpture ‘Visitation’ would be sited overlooking the Forest but it is now part of the Tate Britain collection. His desire for an open air venue for his work is realised in the wonderful ‘St Michael Slaying the Devil’ sculpture on the entrance to Coventry Cathedral.
 
In 1878 an Act of Parliament was passed to preserve the forest for the people. No longer a royal forest, it is now administered by the City of London Corporation for “the use and enjoyment of the people for all time”.
 
The City of London has an excellent Epping Forest website  Web: Epping Forest Website link
 
On this website are links to the three forest Visitor Centres plus attraction opening hours, walks and other pertinent information.
 
Plan Your Journey
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to Epping Forest, visit TfL Journey Planner.
 
Visitors can access Epping Forest from central London by several rail routes - By National Rail, Underground & Overground networks.
 
- By Underground Line
Loughton Station         Central Line
Theydon Bois              Central Line
Epping Station             Central Line
Walthamstow Central   Victoria Line
 
- By Overground
Walthamstow Queen's Road Station    This station is about 400 yards from Walthamstow Central.
 
- By Rail
Walthamstow Central Station    A footpath link, called Ray Dudley Way, provides access to Walthamstow Queen's Road Station.
 
For the Victoria Line & Overground timetable & fares refer to the Transport for London link above.
 
For National Rail timetable & fares refer to  Web:  National Rail Enquiries
 
- By Car
From M11 north, exit at restricted Junction 5 to A1168 towards Loughton, following the signs to Epping Forest.
 
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