Epping and the North

Sat 16th Apr 2016

Walk Details:

Event Details Updated
Updated 4/4/2016 with: corrected start grid ref; expanded walk details and corrected mobile phone number. Photos to be added to email notification https://www.dropbox.com/s/prrh341wijovo0w/DSCN1298.jpg?dl=0 and https://www.dropbox.com/s/p3nchx5o324ejlp/DSCN1293.jpg?dl=0
Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
20ml.
Start Time
09.00
Route
Meet Epping Station. Central Line - about every 10-15 minutes

An exploration of the lands beyond the known universe (or the Central Line), starting at Epping station, visiting Copped Hall (outside only), Epping Long Green (the M11 of its day), approaching to within 100 metres of Harlow, Hastingwood, North Weald Bassett nature reserve, Birching Coppice, Gernon Bushes, the western terminus of the Epping and Ongar Railway and the notorious Steward's Green Lane before returning to Epping Station.
Takes in parts of both the Three Forests Way and the Stort Valley Way.
Stopping at Epping Green (7 miles), Hastingwood (10 miles), Gernon Bushes (17 miles)

General Notes
Lunch: Unless there is really poor weather bring a packed lunch (plan is to stop in Mark Bushes). The Rainbow and Dove at Hastingwood (rainbowanddove.com) serves food 12-3 but is both underseated and densely populated, however the beer selection is good. Terrain: Fairly flat, a few short stretches on and across roads. As of 2 April the going was - in places - "soft". No dogs
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Walk Report

Epping and the North, Saturday 16th April 2016
19 walkers, 20 miles - leader Dick Bowman
19 intrepid souls dared to turned up at Epping Station on Saturday morning for a traipse around Epping Forest led by Dick, little realising what lay in store for them!
Fair to say no-one went home disappointed, everyone without doubt got their money's worth, some more than others!
With the recent inclement weather conditions underfoot were somewhat testing to say the least which was sadly confirmed after the mid-morning pause when disaster struck, this unfortunate writer suffering a serious footwear malfunction which sadly forced him to abandon the walk soon after!
However I'm pleased to report that the remainder of the walk proceeded smoothly with the rest of the Group soldiering on.
There was certainly enough mud to go round for everyone and with the sun making a belated appearance it was a very satisfied party that returned to Epping well pleased with their day's efforts which was in no small part down to Dick's sterling effort in putting together such an absorbing walk.
Report by Dave Williams
Photographs by Joelle Paul

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