A summer day stroll in the Epping Forest

Epping Forest is quite a gorgeous location to stroll through, as we discovered recently. For a metropolitan city, London has a surprising amount of woodlands areas and humongous parks to get your forest bathing on. I have never been to Epping Forest though. Despite having lived in the general vicinity of Epping Forest for nearly eight years, we visited it for the very first time just a couple of weeks back. And it wasn't even out of our own volition. It was a forest school, organised through the bilingual Saturday school we regularly attend.

A summer day stroll in the Epping Forest | Wave to Mummy

We started our walk from the Epping Forest Gateway, which is near Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge. Next to the lodge is also a nice cafe called Butler's Retreat to end the day in. Chingford, the town nearby, looks also pleasant and a nice place to stop for lunch. 

The kids were so excited about the walk, running around, and finding all the best trees to climb. The hollow tree trunk you could climb through to the branches, and the big gigantic tree, with a little hidey-hole through the roots... We practically had to drag our daughter away. The tree with the cave underneath the roots was apparently her castle, where she would stay forever with her dangerous magic powers. I didn't query what these dangerous magic powers were but I knowing my daughter they probably turn your heart into ice and create "frozen fractals all around"...

girl climbing a tree in epping forest

girl in a tree in epping forest

pond at epping forest

girl feeding geese at epping forest pond

family walk in epping forest

A summer day stroll in the Epping Forest | Wave to Mummy

toddler in a cave under tree roots at epping forest

Anyway, Epping Forest is just about 20 minutes drive away from ours, perhaps not even that. For whatever reason we have never went for walks there, but have favoured Whitewebbs, which is perhaps a little bit closer to us, again, again and again. We have been to Whitewebbs to hunt Easter eggs, to celebrate Mothers Day and to just walk around after a gigantic meal in their Toby's Carvery. 

But Epping Forest... Well, this was the first time we went there together, the three of us. I've always pictured it as a bit of a vast, dense woods, where there isn't an awful a lot to do or see, other than perhaps trying to avoid the East End gangsters who apparently (as told by hubby) hide dead bodies in the deep forest. Morbid, yes, but thankfully the only shifty characters we met were Canada geese. Bird feed kept them on our good sides...

girl walking in the forest at epping forest

epping forest tree branch hut

mum and daughter at epping forest tree branch hut

girl in a tree at epping forest

I thought it was a great place for a family day out, with plenty of easy walks and gorgeous greenery to enjoy, and lots of pleasant places to stop for a picnic. I think this will be one of those places we will have to visit again, perhaps take a picnic, or even treat ourselves to a nice pub lunch afterwards. Sounds pretty good to me!  

A free family day out at Epping Forest, London - ideas where to go when you are at Chingford, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, and lots of pictures of the type of things you might find in Epping Forest, London.

toddler girl smiling at epping forest

Epping Forest, London, UK - family day out ideas. Our first family trip to Epping Forest. Lots of pictures of what it looks like, and ideas where to go to with a family.

What is your favourite forest to walk around in?

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  1. I have found memories of walking through Eping Forest pre children when we lived up that way and one bad memory of panicking when I got lost and couldn't find my way back to the car! It is lovely to read your post and see the forest again through the eyes of a parent. It is full of wonder with those lovely trees to climb, hollows to explore and dens to build. Gorgeous pictures that make me want to return.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  2. This looks like an amazing forest, so many trees that you can climb inside and thats really cool, my kids would love it. Mich x #CountryKids

  3. This sounds great, my kids would love exploring those interesting trees!

  4. What a perfect weather to have a walk outside =) #countrykids

  5. Somewhere else I've never been. Those trees look amazing, just calling out for adventures aren't they. Lovely photos #CountryKids

  6. I always associate Eping forest with dead bodies too, sadly. It looks like a wonderful place to explore and relax.

  7. Love the photos of your daughter in the trees. Those trees look perfect for inspiring a bit of imagination - my girls would be in their element :-) #countrykids

  8. Oh my goodness what a question. We've been to so many forests it's difficult to answer that one. She looks like Little Red Riding Hood bless her rather than Elsa from Frozen. #CountryKids

  9. Those trees look fantastic to explore. We have never been to Epping forest but it looks as though the sort of place Alice in Wonderland may meet the white rabbit!! #CountryKids


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