The Epping Forest Centenary Walk runs the length of Epping Forest, an area of ancient woodland in north east London. It has been protected since the 12th centuary as a royal hunting forest. The forest is 12 miles long, but no more than 2.5 miles wide, and lies on a low ridge between the Rivers Lea and Roding.
The walk was created to celebrate the hundredth aniversary of the the Epping Forest Act 1878. This saved the forest from development and enclosure, and placed the Forest under the protection of the City of London Corporation.
Terrain / Difficulty
The southern half of the route is mainly paved, but the northern part of the walk is on unpaved forest trails which can be muddy after wet weather. It is recommended that ankle supporting, waterproof boots are worn, especially if it has rained before or is forecast for the day. Waterproof tops are also desirable for a probable wet day. Please note there are 9 busy road crossings on the walk; advice about these will be given on the day.