Sunday 15th September – Join the annual celebration, walk the length of Epping Forest in one day 

Our annual event, the Epping Forest Big Walk, will be returning this year on Sunday 15th September! Whether you are a first-timer or a returning walker, join 200 people from all walks of life to walk through the wonderful Epping Forest, get to know this rare surviving piece of ancient woodland, and celebrate its irreplaceable biodiversity, culture and heritage.

Epping Forest Big Walk 2023 group photo at Wanstead Flats

Walkers at Wanstead Flats during Epping Forest Big Walk 2023


Epping Forest Big Walk 2024: Sunday 15th September


What’s happening on the day?

Guided by our volunteer walk leaders, you will walk the 14 miles from Manor Park in Newham to Bell Common in Epping, with talks about the Forest along the way, as well as three refreshment breaks. You don’t need to be an experienced hiker to join the walk, although you will need to be reasonably fit.

Due to oversubscription for places on the Big Walk over the last couple of years, we are encouraging everyone who signs up this year to aim to walk the full 14 miles

The timetable for the route:

  • 8.30 am – 9.00 am. Arrive at the junction of Forest Drive and Capel Road, near Manor Park Station
  • 9.00 am. Introductory talks
  • 9.15 am. Walk starts
  • 10.05 am. Depart Green Man roundabout, Leytonstone
  • 11.50 am. Depart Highams Park Lake
  • 12.50 pm. Arrive at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge (Chingford Visitor Centre), E4 7QH where we take a break for lunch
  • 1.50 pm. Depart Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge (Chingford Visitor Centre)
  • 2.50pm. Arrive High Beach Visitor Centre
  • 3.20pm. Depart High Beach Visitor Centre
  • 5pm. Arrive at Bell Common, Epping

Anything interesting along the route?

The route covers the whole length of the Forest starting from Manor Park in Newham, across Wanstead Flats and then north towards Highams Park, Chingford Plain, High Beach and all the way to Epping in Essex.

It will take us through some of the most iconic locations and ancient monuments in the Forest, as well as provide the chance to experience the mosaic of habitats the Forest encompasses, from grass plains, heathlands and ponds to wood-pasture and ancient woodlands.

There will be short informative talks along the route about the wildlife, conservation, history and management of the Forest.

Love Epping Forest? Do people you know think walking 14 miles is a big challenge? Do you think it is a big challenge?

We know from feedback that completing the whole of the Big Walk can be a real challenge. So this year we will be offering participants the opportunity to use the challenge of completing the Big Walk to fundraise for us if they wish to. Watch this space for more information soon!

How to register?

Booking for the Big Walk will go live at the end of July through our Eventbrite page, and members will have priority access. Watch this space.



Walkers at Gilbert Slade during Epping Forest Big Walk 2023

Walkers at Gilbert Slade during Epping Forest Big Walk 2023

About Epping Forest Big Walk

Previously known as ‘The Centenary Walk’, the route covers the whole length of the Forest starting from Manor Park in Newham and going all the way to Epping in Essex. It was first established in 1978 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Epping Forest Act in 1878. It is now one of the biggest annual events celebrating Epping Forest and its heritage.

Organised with support from the Corporation of London Epping Forest team, the Big Walk enables you to walk the length of Epping Forest, in a day. Everyone is welcome to join this celebratory walk!


What attendees say about the Big Walk

My first time walking the Epping Forest Big Walk. I was amazing. I would certainly do it again. Well organised and just a lovely bunch of people


Walking through the forest with a sociable group of people. Appreciated the excellent organisation.


Walking the full length of the forest gave me a practical awareness of the true size and beauty of this wonderful natural resource


Find out more about Epping Forest Big Walk

Epping forest Butler's Retreat

Sections of Big Walk

How to walk the Big Walk in smaller sections and local information

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Download Epping Forest Walks app

You can walk Epping Forest Big Walk with the easy-to-navigate app, alongside other iconic walking routes to explore. Available on android and ios.

Epping Forest Big Walk Map Leaflet

Request a Free Map

Get a free copy of Epping Forest Big Walk Map

a group of people smiling and walking along a woodland path

Epping Forest Big Walk 2023

We welcomed a fantastic group of people, familiar faces as well as new ones, to the Epping Forest Big Walk on Sunday 17th September.

Epping Forest Centenary Walk sketch deer in the forest

History of the Big Walk

The story of the ‘Epping Forest Centenary Walk’ and the booklet produced in 1978 for the first walk.

Speakers in and about Epping Forest

Epping Forest Big Walk 2022

After a 3-year break because of the pandemic, the Epping Forest Big Walk took place on Sunday 25th September, with over 200 people participating.