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Around Chingford

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Updated 25/08/2014

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The area north of Chingford has attractive, rolling open country and is particularly good for birds, because of the variety of habitats, ranging from mature woodland via scrub to open grassland, much of it damp.

Try a tour from Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge via Connaught Water, Fairmead Bottom and Almshouse Plain to Yardley Hill (from where there are good views west across the Lea Valley), returning via Chingford Plain.


Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is on the A1069 next to the Royal Forest Hotel. Leave the M25 at junction 26 and head east along the A121. At the Wake Arms roundabout head south down the A104 then turn right on to the A1069.

Chingford station (Liverpool St line) is a short walk from Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge.

Accessible at all times.

May to early June for breeding birds. Come in the very early morning and avoid sunny weekends if you want to miss the crowds.

Please keep dogs under control at all times and especially near horses. Please keep dogs on a lead near livestock.

Many paths are very boggy in winter, and some all year round.

Photo © David Corke