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Walthamstow Forest

126ac/51ha  SSSI (part), SMI

Grid ref: TQ 391 910

Updated 31/12/2023.

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Walthamstow Forest was cut in two by the rerouting of the North Circular Road but despite this it still has much to offer. Most of it is wood pasture of oak and hornbeam pollards with a grassy sward beneath in many parts, plus a scattering of ponds and one or two areas of fine open grassland with patches of common cow-wheat and tormentil.


North of the junction between the A406 North Circular and A104 Woodford New Road, stretching to Chingford Hatch in the north. No parking areas in the Forest. SatNav: IG8.

Highams Park station is a short walk away. Buses from Walthamstow to Loughton via Woodford Green run along Woodford New Road.

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© Roger Jones