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Around Chingford

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Updated 31/12/2023.

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The area of Epping Forest north of Chingford has attractive, rolling open country and is particularly good for birds. This is because of its variety of habitats, which range 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.



North of Chingford and the A1069, extending from the River Lea in the west to the fringes of Loughton in the east SatNav: E4 7QH.

Chingford station (Liverpool St line) is a short walk away.

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.

© David Corke