Epping Forest

Epping Forest showing forest scenes and autumn leaves

Epping Forest

Rent a mountain bike and ride beneath the forest canopy or go bird-watching along the many hiking trails that wind through this ancient forest.

Straddling a ridge on the outskirts of London, Epping Forest is one of Britain’s most revered patches of woodland. In 1882, when Queen Elizabeth proclaimed the 600 acres (243 hectares) known as Epping Forest to be the people’s forest, the area became a destination for leisure seekers. Today, the tradition continues with locals and visitors to the region using the forest for hiking, bird-watching and mountain biking.

Start your day with a stop at one of the visitor centers found throughout the park. Here you can learn about the ecology and history of the forest. Listen in to a ranger talk and find out why the forest is one of just three Special Areas for Conservation in the area. Interactive activities will entertain children for hours and leave them excited to explore the winding paths that lead from the centers into the forest. Before you leave a center, pick up a trail guide to help you discover the regions of Epping Forest.

Keep watch for the local wildlife as you hike along the trails. As well as deer, rabbits and squirrels, the forest is home to many rare species of bird. Epping Forest is a popular destination for bird-watchers, with great crested grebe, woodpeckers and skylarks commonly seen nesting in the trees.

Experience the thrill of mountain biking; rent a bike from the Cycle Hire Centre located within the forest. Safety information is provided for first-timers and a map gives information about the various trails.

Epping Forest is located approximately 15 miles (24 kilometers) from London and can be reached by car in less than an hour. Free parking is available at all entrances to the forest. Use public transport to reach the forest via the city of London. The forest is open daily and there is no admission fee.

Top Hotels Close to Epping Forest

Willow Lodge
Willow Lodge
Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, England, IG10 4AJ
Stay at this guesthouse in Loughton. Enjoy free breakfast and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Epping Forest are located ...
Willow Lodge
Willow Lodge Annexe
Willow Lodge Annexe
Willow Lodge Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, England, IG10 4AJ
Stay at this guesthouse in Loughton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Epping Forest are ...
Willow Lodge Annexe
Baldwins Hill Cottage
Baldwins Hill Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Loughton, England
Stay at this 3.5-star golf cottage in Loughton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Epping Forest and Hainault Forest Country Park ...
Baldwins Hill Cottage
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The Blue Boar
The Blue Boar
3.5 out of 5
Market Place, Romford, England, RM4 1UA
The price is ¥11,884 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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Willow Lodge
Willow Lodge
Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, England, IG10 4AJ
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Willow Lodge Annexe
Willow Lodge Annexe
Willow Lodge Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, England, IG10 4AJ
Willow Lodge Annexe
Baldwins Hill Cottage
Baldwins Hill Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Loughton, England
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Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel
Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, England, EN9 3LX
The price is ¥13,384 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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OYO Ridgeway Hotel
OYO Ridgeway Hotel
2.5 out of 5
115 - 117 The Ridgeway, North Chingford, London, England, E4 6QU
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The Bell Hotel Epping
The Bell Hotel Epping
3 out of 5
High Road, Bell Common, Epping, England, CM16 4DG
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4BD Family and Contractor house in North London with Parking
4BD Family and Contractor house in North London with Parking
Enfield, ENG
4BD Family and Contractor house in North London with Parking
Enfield - 2 bed modern apartment
Enfield - 2 bed modern apartment
Enfield, ENG
Enfield - 2 bed modern apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.