Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August 2014

The Ancestor's Trail is an annual biological pilgrimage combining walking, evolution and art. Based on Richard Dawkins' book 'The Ancestor's Tale', the Trail guides its walkers along a time line from the present day back 3.8 billion years to the origins of life.


The Ancestors Trail - a walk back in time where your first step will take you back in to the last Ice Age, before human history began

The event celebrates 'our place' within the biodiversity machine we call evolution. Although the aim of this walk is to provide a shared experience for non-religious people, our common origins belong to us all and so we warmly extend an open invitation to everyone.

The 2014 event will be our fifth event, but our first in London. The trail is also a platform for biodiversity charities.


The weekend event includes:

Friday 29th August - evening pre-trail speaker event
Saturday 30th August - The Ancestor's Trail - walk as far as you wish. Post trail entertainment.
Sunday 31st August - morning lectures


Walking the trail is free but tickets for the Friday evening speaker event, Saturday post trail refreshments/ entertainment/accommodation and Sunday am lectures can be booked here.

Peruse the Tree of Life in all its splendor using One Zoom - its creator James Rosindell and Yan Wong will be attending/speaking this year.

The Trails
The 5 marshalled trails are:

Human Trail
9.45. Chingford station, 12.5 miles

Gazelle Trail
10.05. Loughton station, 11.5 miles

Amphibian Trail
11.30. Epping station, 9 miles

Plant Trail
14.15. Waltham Abbey bus stop, 3 miles

Bacteria Trail
13.15. Enfield Lock station, 4.5 miles

More about the Trails

Select Your Trail

Click on the map above to see the London 2014 Google map showing all the planned routes.