Outdoor walks in Epping Forest - some ideas

Spring is a great time of year to get outside for a short walk. Our Care professional can help our clients achieve this.

Connaught Water, Rangers Road, E4 7QH.

Connaught Water – This is one of the most popular lakes to walk around in Epping Forest, largely because of its wildlife, our clients love coming here with their Care Professional, it is open daily.

There are wheelchair friendly routes along with lots of benches giving you the opportunity to sit down and enjoy the surroundings.

Things to do at Connaught Water:

  • Grab an ice cream at Connaught Water car park (in the summer months!)
  • Take a walk around the lake using the easy access path.
  • Set down with your binoculars and watch the ducks, geese, swans and grebes that live here.
  • Pick up our circular Willow Trail for a longer walk around the water and to Fairmead.

Waltham Abbey and Gardens

Waltham Abbey Gardens are a lovely green space with so much history! A favourite of Henry VIII when he came out of London to go hunting. There are relics of the past, a stream, a moat, orchards and fishponds to explore plus the lovely Gatehouse Café to stop, rest, refuel whilst enjoying the surroundings.

Cornmill Meadows and dragonfly sanctuary, start at Sun Street Waltham Abbey

Cornmill Meadow and dragonfly sanctuarySpring is a great time to visit as the birds are singing and trees and bushes starting to blossom – blackthorn being one of the first usually. There is lots to see from noisy Canadian Geese to shy Muntjac Deer and lots of lovely yellow spring flowers such as Celandines. This area is steeped in history and as the name suggests was once associated with milling corn but later also involved in preparing calico for the print works factory set up in Waltham Abbey. There are several flat walks available with refreshments in Waltham Abbey at the Gatehouse for example. The main walk is a circular walk of 3 miles, but you can just do a little of it and turn back.

High Beech, Paul’s Nursery Road, Epping

High Beech Epping Forest’s visitors centre at High Beech is open Tuesdays-Sundays 10am -5pm with lots of wildlife and natural history displays.

It is run by volunteers who have lots of knowledge to impart.

Here there is parking, information, maps, shop and toilets. A great place to start for a stroll in our beautiful Epping Forest.