This quiet circular walk provides a good way to discover paths in Bury and Hill woods using a small section of the Epping Forest Centenary Walk. During this walk, you will see a beautiful oak reckoned to be about 350 years old!
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park your car in Chingford Plain car park (you can also start the walk from Hill Wood car park if you want).
(D/A) Take the path on the left leading to the woods. Enter the woods until you reach the first junction.
(1) Ignore the yellow arrow in front of you but bear right.
(2) Follow this path for one kilometre until you reach another junction (notice a signpost with a yellow arrow on the right). Go straight ahead continuing until you join a wonderful ancient oak tree (Grimston's Oak).
(3) Go past this characteristic tree and bear left at the fork. Then, continue straight at the next junction and again straight at the second one ignoring a red arrow.
(4) When the path leaves the woods and leads to Fairmead Bottom, turn left towards the large concrete path.
(5) You join Fairmead Road and go past a car park next to the gate n°89. Continue straight until you join Hill Wood car park.
(6) Before you enter the car park (in front of the metallic barrier), bear left to the non-well marked path for almost 100 metres. Turn left when you reach the large path. Continue slightly down Epping Forest Centenary Walk for almost half a mile. Then, the main path bends right and left (ignore grassy paths around you) and continues until a junction with 3 ways.
(7) Turn right going across Almshouse Plain for 450 metres.
(8) When you reach a T-junction at the end of this plain, turn left to the well-marked path in the woods. Go straight for 500 metres before you turn left at the fork. Continue the main path for one kilometre before you reach a perpendicular path next to Bury Road. Turn to the left and go straight until you reach Chingford Plain and the car park.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 51m - Chingford Plain car park
1 : km 0.37 - alt. 68m - Yellow arrow
2 : km 1.19 - alt. 58m - Path
3 : km 1.49 - alt. 61m - Gorgeous old oak tree
4 : km 2.48 - alt. 60m - Concrete road
5 : km 2.76 - alt. 68m - Fairmead Road
6 : km 3.27 - alt. 94m - Hill Car Park
7 : km 4.49 - alt. 66m - Almshouse Plain
8 : km 4.95 - alt. 78m - T-junction
D/A : km 7.02 - alt. 51m - Chingford Plain car park
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Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4/5
Global average : 4.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good
It was a lovely walk especially for those that love big old trees! We went on a very hot day and the mix of forest and open country was very welcome. It felt like a good long walk and there are lots of options to branch off into the forest to find a log to sit on and rest or have a picnic. My companion is a reasonable map reader and we had no problems following which turns to take although occasionally branches in the path were called 'forks' where I would have called them 'crossroads'. When it was time to make the turn home I wished I had brought a compass but we didn't get lost. The mini bends in the route are well marked and it is clear when you should be in woods or in the clear which also helps.
I would say the description says this is a 'quiet walk'. That is true in relation to Epping Forest in general I suppose but there were lots of people about on our day, mind you it was that rare thing - a sunny bank holiday!
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