What remains of Hainault Forest lies on the north-eastern boundary of Greater London on a miniature version of the ridge that forms Epping Forest – a cap of gravelly and sandy soils over London clay. The northern part consists of ancient woodland and is managed by the Woodland Trust. The southern part is managed as a country park by London Borough of Redbridge. Two small woodland Local Nature Reserves are close by.
Off Romford Road (A1112), about one mile south of Chigwell Row. Enter the A1112 from the south via the A12 (London – Chelmsford) and from the north via the A113 (Woodford – Chelmsford).
The nearest stations are Ilford (Liverpool St line) and Hainault (Central line tube), from where buses run to the main entrance. Buses also run from Romford, Chadwell Heath and Barkingside.