Straddling east London and south-west Essex, Epping Forest is a unique remnant of a royal hunting forest that receives 4.5 million visit per year. Over 6,000 acres of Oak, Beech and Hornbeam woodland, grassy plains, lakes, ponds, heathlands and meadows provide a mosaic of habitats for both wildlife and people. Walking, cycling, horse-riding, orienteering, boating, golf, football and cricket are just some of the recreational activities to be enjoyed whilst our management of one of the largest Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conservation in south east England allows wildlife to flourish.
A good starting point for a visit is 'The View' our main Visitor Centre on Rangers Road, Chingford. A range of excellent guides, our newest 'Official Map' of Epping Forest and short walks books are available alongside a range of Forest themed gifts. Home to the Epping Forest museum there are also informative displays and our knowledgeable staff will help you get the best out of your visit to the Forest. Next door the Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is a must see remnant of the Tudor Forest. The Temple visitor centre, in Wanstead Park is open on certain weekends and tells the story of the rise and fall of the one time manor house and pleasure gardens. A seasonal events programme throughout the year includes outdoor theatre events and a Christmas Grotto.
For up to date news and information about the Forest pick up a hard copy of our Forest Focus newsletter, published four times a year and distributed to hundreds of public places around the Forest or sign up to receive an electronic version via our regularly updated website.