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Family Walk 2

A Walk in Epping Forest

October 2007

Family Walk 2

Sunday, 14th October, 2007

Keith and Cynthia Wenden have again produced a lovely walk for the family, which allowed both mobile children and those in buggies to enjoy a great day out. The Wenden's efforts were rewarded with good weather.

At the beginning of the walk, while we were assembling, Keith and Cynthia gave out notebooks and pens to the children. The children filled them with observations about the forest  -  with particular emphasis on what people did and what could be found in the forest. One child filled numerous pages and was praised for his effort. I think they all received balloons at the end.

Thanks for yet another lovely day.

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Some commentary on the photos,

which is also a reflection on the walk

[Road information is just to help identify where we were].

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Today the walk was from Chingford, opposite Butler's Retreat (see photo), which is beside the Royal Forest Hotel and the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge.

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We set off through Epping Forest then curved back onto this path near Rangers Road. We were heading for Connaught Waters until we joined another path (short of Connaught Waters) at  Warren Woods.

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Turning right, we walked along the path (Image 1) where a boy stopped to write in his observation book (Image 2). Numerous other children were filling in their’s. To our right, we passed an old arch, which was being absorbed by the undergrowth (Image 3). We then turned right, from the main path, to walk a narrow lane in single file (Image 4).

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We continued along this narrow path, which twisted and turned as though we were in a maze.

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We paused for a snack, a tradition of the Ramblers even on short walks. The walkers emerged into a glade then regrouped (Image 1). People started to eat (Image 2), but this boy had a larger appetite for his observation book (Image 3), while more food was being distributed (Image 4).

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Everyone ate and appeared preoccupied.

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We reached Whitehall Road then crossed it.

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We continued along this path (through Hatch Forest).

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We passed Woodford Golf Course.

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We turned right. Almost opposite this glade, on the left, was a forest house. Here we crossed the river Ching (the source of which is at Connaught Waters) then carried on to the end of a forest road named Newgate Street.

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Turning right again, we followed the Ching.

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We passed two ladies resting on a log where the path narrowed.

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We headed north with the Ching to our right. It is not untypical to see fallen trees, like this, in the forest.

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We re-crossed Whitehall Road (and the river) and in a short distance, crossed the Ching again (see picture) heading back towards the start.

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Some walkers having been preoccupied on the walk now became runners!

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I love walking (running) his badge boasts, particularly as he was pushed in his buggy.

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We walked along another forest road - Warren Road. The highlight for the children was this huge tree (Image 1) which allowed them to clamber down into its roots (Images 2, 3 and 4).

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Under the tree it looked tight (Image 1), but Images 2 & 3 showed just how roomy it was. She wanted to go down again! (Image 4)

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All the children were thanked for filling in their books, particularly this boy who appeared to observe everything and received special praise.

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Warren Pond is behind the tree pictured in section 17, Image 1 and this is where the children enjoyed their final fling.

Afterwards, we walked back to the car park which was several hundred yards away.   

Thanks, Keith and Cynthia, for a lovely walk.