Straddling east London and south-west Essex, Epping Forest is a unique remnant of a royal hunting forest that is visited by millions of people each 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, model aircraft flying, 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 Visitor Centre that opened on Rangers Road, Chingford in July 2012. The informative displays and our knowledgeable staff will assist you to obtain the best of your time during your visit to the Forest. In addition right next door we have the Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge as well as The Temple visitor centre which is in Wanstead Park. We also provide an exciting and seasonal events programme throughout the year including some fantastic outdoor theatre events and a Christmas Grotto.
We also publish our Forest Focus newsletter four times a year that has a distribution of over 7,000 to hundreds of public places and local businesses to highlight what's going on in the Forest.