The Ancestor’s Trail is an annual event, based on Richard Dawkins’ book ‘The Ancestor’s Tale’.
This year’s Ancestor’s Trail will take place on Saturday 27 July in Epping Forest and the Lee Valley Country Park. The five trails that make up the main Trail – human, gazelle, amphibian, plant and bacteria - will follow the paths of previous years, with the exception of the bacteria trail which has a new route.
The trails are of varying length (from 3 to 12 miles), ranging from longer, more challenging hikes to shorter, easier wheelchair-friendly flat-terrain walks. Walkers will be met at specified times at each starting location and guided by marshals back to the origins of life.
Most trails begin from train or tube stations and all end near Cheshunt railway station with easy connection to central London.
There are currently engineering works taking place on the mainline out of Liverpool Street. There will still be trains from Stratford to Cheshunt (Plant) and Broxbourne (Bacteria). A replacement bus service will be available from Walthamstow Central (Victoria Line) to Chingford Station (Human).
See the Trails page for details of all the trails. Choose one that suits you best. The bacteria trail is suitable for (and regularly used by) wheelchair users.
The Trail finishes at Cheshunt at around 5 p.m. where tea and cake will be available in a private room at the Maltsters pub. Drinks will be available throughout the evening. The pub does not provide food, but they are happy for us to bring our own or order from nearby takeaways.
No overnight accommodation has been pre-booked this year but you are, of course, welcome to make your own arrangements or take advantage of the frequent rail service from the nearby Cheshunt Station.
There will be a flat fee of just £3 per person (no charge for children).
Please RSVP using the booking page indicating which trail you will be walking so that the marshals can look out for you.
We look forward to seeing you there!