Around Oak Hill and Deer Sanctuary from Piercing Hill

This quiet circular walk uses a section of Epping Forest Centenary Walk close to Ambresbury Banks (remains of banks) before you follow a path in Birch Wood with lovely views over Deer Sanctuary and its wildlife!

Technical sheet
No. 4289829
A Theydon Bois walk posted on 02/11/20 by charentimoy. Update : 09/03/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h00[?]
Distance Distance : 6.33km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 72m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 64m
Highest point Highest point : 124m
Lowest point Lowest point : 68m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Epping Forest
Location Location : Theydon Bois
Starting point Starting point : N 51.679755° / E 0.091564°
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Path close to Ambresbury Banks The path along Deer Sanctuary with views over wildlife Path in Birch Wood


Park your car at Piercing Hill car park.

(D/A) Head to the gate n°34 next to the car park and follow the way along properties and fences for 200 metres.

(1) At the junction, bear right, cross a small gate after 250 metres before you reach another junction. Bear left following the yellow arrow and continue this section of Epping Forest Centenary Walk.

(2) Notice that on your way, you can make a small detour on your right if you want to discover and learn more about Ambresbury Banks (from 500 BC) used as animal folds in times of attack from other tribes or as look-out posts and boundary markers. After one kilometre, continue straight ahead when you reach a junction signpost with a yellow arrow. Past the gate n°29 "Long Running", you reach Jack's Hill car park.

(3) Cross over the road, go across the second car park heading to the green metallic barrier (gate n°53 Ditches Ride) in front of you.

(4) Continue the main path for 600 metres until you reach a yellow arrow next to beautiful beech trees. Follow this path on your left with yellow arrows. continue straight at the next junction before the path goes along the stream.

(5) The yellow arrow path leads to a T-junction (can be very muddy during wet conditions!) in front of a fence. Bear left at the right angle. Go slightly up the path which goes along Deer Sanctuary. If you are lucky you could admire wildlife! Continue along the fence until you reach a gate, go through it and walk the driveway going past Birch Hall Farm.

(6) You finally reach Coppice Row next to West Lodge. Cross over the road heading to the yellow arrow in front of you. Avoid a fallen tree before you join a larger path. bear left and continue for 500 metres before you reach Genesis Slade car park.

(7) Ignore the car park on your left and bear right. Follow the main path for half a mile which joins the first junction of the walk next to wooden fences. Go straight ahead walking along these fences to go back to Piercing Hill car park.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 103m - Piercing Hill car park
1 : km 0.22 - alt. 110m - Junction
2 : km 1.33 - alt. 120m - Ambresbury Banks
3 : km 2.16 - alt. 117m - Coppice Row
4 : km 2.69 - alt. 114m - Yellow arrow
5 : km 3.75 - alt. 73m - T-junction
6 : km 4.81 - alt. 108m - Coppice Row
7 : km 5.33 - alt. 122m - Genesis Slade car park
D/A : km 6.33 - alt. 103m - Piercing Hill car park

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 5/5
Number of opinions : 1
Clarity of route description : 5/5
Clarity of route map : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 26 Apr 2021 09:15:42 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 26/04/21
Clarity of route description : Very good
Clarity of route map : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

It was excellent. Saw loads of deer both in the sanctuary and roaming free. Also saw various birds including Jays. Easy to follow and good on timing. Plenty of fallen trees to sit on for a picnic.

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