The Epping Forest Challenge Walk is the creation of prolific walker John Merrill. The walk provides a series of vantage points over Essex, Hertfordshire and London. The route which has historical associations with with Queen Boadicea and the Iceni is a walk through different landscapes including beech and oak forest, riverside and marshes. The walk starts and finishes at Waltham Abbey and throughout its course visits Harold's Bridge, Cornmill Stream, River Lee Country Park, Warlies Park, Copped Hall, Epping Thicks, Ambresbury Banks Hill Fort, Jack's Hill, Copley Plain, Great Monk Wood, Epping Forest Centre, Long Hills, Bury Wood, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, Chingford Plain, The Hawk Wood, Yardley Hill, King George's Reservoir, Enfield Island Village, Enfield Lock, Ramney Marsh and Holdbrook.
A delightful John Merrill walk around Epping Forest with vantage points over Essex, Hertfordshire and London. This 18 mile route takes you across dragonfly meadows, over small hills past places associated with Queen Boadicea, through beech and oak forest where deer and fox roam and beside a historic canal. The highlight of the route is the historic Waltham Abbey where King Harold is reputedly buried.