A day in Epping Forest

Epping Forest, Essex

Quick Escapes
12.7 km walk (3 hrs)  
all year round

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Liverpool Street > Chingford (🚆 +/- 30mins) Theydon Bois > Liverpool Street ( 🚆 +/- 30mins)

Start your journey from Liverpool Street Station and catch the overground service to Chingford, right on the edge of the Forest. You will be spending the next few hours making your way through the ancient woodland. Our recommended spot for a drink and some lunch is the Victoria Tavern, in Loughton. There is an option to call it a day here, if you have had one too many: Loughton tube station is just down the road. We recommend you carry on as the second half of the walk takes you north through an amazing stretch of forest to Theydon Bois (on the Central Line). If city life has taken over and you are need of a top up of nature – this Quick Escape really is for you.


Start your Quick Escape with a short hike up Pole Hill and take in the epic view back over central London. Then leave the city life behind and spend the next few hours wandering through the wonders of Epping Forest. 2,400 acres of ancient woodland, situated just 30 minutes from Liverpool Street Station – this is what Quick Escapes are all about!

2 reviews for A day in Epping Forest

  1. Annemiek (verified owner)

    Very lovely route, although some bits were very muddy, so just wear your hiking boots. It was perfect fuelling up at the pub halfway and then finishing the walk. Extra bonus, you walk past a supermarket near the end, so you can get some small dinner on the way home.

  2. pavcot

    A truly glorious day out – and hard to believe that the wilderness of Epping forest is reachable by tube. Plenty of places to stop and observe the beautiful nature on the way. Lunch at the Victoria Tavern was the ideal stop off point for a beer and quick/long lunch (dependant on your preferences), the food was delicious and catered to every kind of dietary need. 5 star walk for a day trip out but not totally out of London.

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