The Trails

Have a look at the map below, this will help you decide which trail to walk - the total walking distances for each are shown.

Correspondingly the starting time for each trail is also different and also to be found on the map or on the individual trail details below. For instance, the human trail starts at 09.45 from Chingford rail station whereas the Plant trail starts at 14.10 at Waltham Cross rail station.

The dotted trails have no walking marshal and you'd need a good map. (From experience it is very easy to get lost and this would potentially mean you miss the whole event, so if you have any doubt, pick a trail with a walking marshal who will show you the way).

Please be aware that the experiences you'll have along each trail are different and detailed in the individual trail descriptions below the map. If, for instance, you particularly want to see our trail barn owl fly, then you'd need to walk the Human or the Gazelle trail. However there will be a static (tethered) birds of prey on display near our finishing location in Cheshunt which everyone will see.

Trail finish : We are all are planned to arrive at Cheshunt YHA at around 16.30 - 17.00 BUT that's not including Tea and cake at the YHA so you won't be done until nearer 18.00.

Important Information
Other details : The walking pace is expected to average 15 minutes/km.

For the longer trails we recommend that you bring a light lunch for picnicing.

Toilets - depends on your trail - see below.

The four-and-a-half mile Bacteria Trail is suitable for, and regularly used by, wheelchair users.


Human Trail

19km / 12miles

Chingford Station. Arrive for 09.45 (with two 20 mins food / toilet stops).
This is expected to be the most popular trail and it traverses Epping Forest, rolling countryside and finally the River Lee Country Park.

This trail will include :

A Barn Owl flying

Various verbal presentations

A Tango moment - the dance not the drink!

At least one piece of music

At least one nature poem.

Static bird of prey display

Toilets: at your starting locations (in Chingford train station), and at around 11.00 at High Beach, then again at an Upshire pub around 13.00 and not again until 17.00 at the YHA at Cheshunt.

Marshalled Food/toilet stops

Gazelle Trail

18.5km / 11.5miles

Loughton Tube Station. Arrive for 10.05 (with two 20 mins food / toilet stops). This is the second main trail that explores Epping Forest and joins the main body of walkers before they reach the 1st stop at High Beach.

This trail will include :

A Barn Owl flying

Various verbal presentations

A Tango moment - the dance not the drink!

At least one Science song

At least one nature poem.

Static bird of prey display

Toilets: at your starting locations (in Loughton tube station), and at around 11.00 at High Beach, then again at an Upshire pub around 13.00 and not again until 17.00 at the YHA at Cheshunt.

Marshalled Food/toilet stops

Amphibian Trail

14.4km / 9miles

Due to the wet weather this trail has been cancelled.

Epping Tube Station. Arrive for 11.30. This trail crosses the rolling Essex countryside and barely goes in to the Forest. There will one stop for 20 mins for lunch near Upshire.

For 2017 this trail will include ::

Various verbal presentations

A Tango moment - the dance not the drink!

At least one piece of music

At least one nature poem.

Static bird of prey display

Toilets: at your starting locations (in Epping tube station) and not again until 17.00 at the YHA at Cheshunt.

Marshalled Toilet stop

Plant Trail

4.8km / 3miles

Waltham Cross Station. Arrive for 14.10. This is the shortest walking trail. It goes up the Greenwich Meridian line. From the station we will take a short bus ride to Waltham Abbey to start the trail.

Plant Trail – Extended
There will be an optional 2 mile marshalled walk leaving Cheshunt YHA at 14.00 to the start of the Plant Trail. Anyone coming by car, may want to consider driving to the Cheshunt, parking at the YHA and joining this trail.

This trail will include :

Various verbal presentations

At least one piece of music

At least one nature poem.

Static bird of prey display

Marshalled Toilet stop at Waltham Abbey

Bacteria Trail

7.2km / 4.5miles
Due to the wet weather this trail has been cancelled.

Enfield Lock Station. Arrive for 13.15. The Bacteria Trail is suitable for wheelchairs and follows surfaced paths. It is a riverside path and has the bonus of passing a pub and a café before passing by the Lee Valley White Water Centre. It then winds its way through the beautiful River Lee Country Park.

For 2017 this trail will include :

Various verbal presentations

At least one piece of music

Static bird of prey display

Toilets: at your starting location (in Enfield Lock station) and not again until 17.00 at the YHA at Cheshunt.

Marshalled Suitable for wheelchair users

Fish Trail

11km / 7miles

Epping Long Green bus stop. Suggested starting time 13.00. This trail is most suitable for people coming from the Harlow direction and crosses a varied countryside before joining the main body of walkers. There are two pubs near the start of the walk, and we suggest you use one for lunch, or make sure you've eaten a picnic before you join the rest of us at your rendezvous.

This trail is not marshalled for the first part: Trail Directions

For 2017 this trail will include :

Various verbal presentations

At least one piece of music

At least one nature poem.

Static bird of prey display

Toilets: at your starting locations near the Beehive pub in Epping green and not again until 17.00 at the YHA at Cheshunt.

Bird Trail

11.4km / 7miles

Upshire bus stop. Suggested starting time 12.55. This is a longer trail for people wanting to use transport arriving at Waltham Abbey. It joins the main trail after about a mile. There will be one 20 mins stop after you join the rest of us where you can eat your picnic lunch.

This trail is not marshalled for the first part: Trail Directions

For 2017 this trail will include :

Various verbal presentations

At least one piece of music

At least one nature poem.

Static bird of prey display

Toilets: at your starting location (a pub in Upshire - there's two) and not again until 17.00 at the YHA at Cheshunt.