30 September 2012: Chingford to Epping

Seven went on this walk in very fine autumn weather with leaves beginning to turn.  We walked north through Bury Wood to visit Gilwell Park, home of world scouting, the Lippitts Hill Golf Course, with views over the Lea Valley to North London, and through farmland to and lanes to High Beach for picnic lunch.

Sunday’s walk group

The route continued north through forest and farmland unknown to us all.  The Essex Uplands countryside with 17th C cottages and one great house, Copped Hall, was interestingly scenic.  On our way into Epping across the Copped Hall estate there was a slight co-ordination problem leading to a half-mile yomp over rough uncultivated ground, escape through a dog hatch and disappointment when an advertised ladder style proved to have no ladder.

Copped Hall. (Christine Matthews / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Obstacle race completed, we passed through the Epping Foresters Cricket Ground and one more wood into Epping for the tube home. Eight country miles had turned into rather more, but this was an attractive walk in fine country almost entirely within (and a little bit along) the M25.  Thanks to participants for tolerance over deficiencies in my route-finding – it was a learning enterprise.

Steve Butters

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About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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