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Tree and name on bright green disc/plaquesForest Way (Essex)


40 km / 25 miles
The Way links two forests and several open spaces in south-west Essex. From the edge of Epping Forest it runs north over farmland, from where there are views over the Lea valley, and crosses Latton and Harlow Commons to Hatfield Heath, Woodside Green and Hatfield Forest. At the end the walk meets with the waymarked Flitch Way (15 miles and on OS mapping) which follows the track of a former railway between Braintree and Bishops Stortford.

Strider News - December 2021 (Publication Update)

The Forest Way links the two ancient forests of Epping Forest and Hatfield Forest. Green lanes and quiet paths will lead you through the gentle countryside of south-west Essex, from London's green lung to a royal hunting forest undisturbed since the 13th century. With good public transport and easy parking, it’s simple to walk the Forest Way either in a single visit or in shorter day stages. This the first dedicated guidebook to the Way in more than 20 years and includes: detailed route guidance; colour photographs and professionally drawn maps; historical titbits and hints and tips for transport, accommodation, food and drink.


Waymark: Tree and name on bright green disc/plaques
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Tree and name on bright green disc/plaques
Attributes: Easy
Start: TQ423956 - Loughton Station, Essex View on StreetMap
Finish: TL533213 - Hatfield Forest Country Park, Takeley Street, Essex View on StreetMap

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Forest Way  (Essex County Council  - 1996 ) Download
Guidebook Forest Way - an Essex trail from Epping Forest to Hatfield Forest  (Trailman  - 2021 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 167, 177
OS Landranger Active 167, 177
OS Explorer 174, 183, 194, 195
OS Explorer Active 174, 183, 194, 195

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Hostel Accommodation
3 km
19 km

Connected Paths:


GPX Route File
Forest Way (Essex) GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 05/06/2021 05:15:04 - Amendments to route
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MemoryMap Route File
Forest Way (Essex) Memory Map Route File
Last Updated 05/06/2021 05:15:04 - Amendments to route
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Tracklogs Route File
Forest Way Tracklogs Route file
Last Updated 05/06/2021 05:15:04 - Amendments to route
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Route Profile:

39.4 km (24.5 miles)
373 m (1,224 ft) ascent
117 m (384 ft)  maximum height

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