Epping Forest is a popular sightseeing place for nature enthusiasts in the big city of London. It is spread out over 2,400 hectares of land. It is actually an ancient wood land. It is managed and maintained by the City Of London Corporation. It holds special scientific interests, especially by scientists and researchers. The Epping Forest was a popular hunting ground and several Royals like Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I have hunted here. There is also a hunting lodge in the middle of the forest.
Get out your walking boots and head to the Epping forests as there are lots to be seen and explored in these forests. It is located between East London and Essex and it is quite extensive. You cannot explore all of it in a day. So we have for you a list of the top spots for you to visit in the Epping Forest.
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Read on to know all the best spots in Epping forest
Originally, Wanstead was named after the Wanstead Manor. But today, there is no Wanstead Manor. There are lodges and other buildings around the place. The Wanstead house was originally owned by Catherine Tyleney Long. She married the Duke of Wellington’s brother who is none other than Willaim Wellesley Pole. He had the habit of draining all he possessed for gambling and other such matters. After marriage to Catherine, he tortured her and squandered all of her fortunes and properties as well. He wasted every penny and sold the house to pay his debts.
- The Green Man:
Already getting thirsty along the way? Stop at the Green Man. This is the very first spot that you will encounter. The interiors are cool and refreshing amidst the sweltering Epping Forest scene. This place is legendary and it has stood the tests of time over the years. Originally it was known as the Green Man.
It was this very place that John Locke was informed that bandits and rogues were lying in wait ahead up the road. The legendary Dick Turpin who was a notorious highwayman who was later captured and hanged.
Several famous personalities like Daniel Defoe and Alfred Hitchcock, have visited here in the past. However, nowadays it is known as the O’Neill’s chain pub.
- The gypsy Stone:
The Gypsy Stone was laid in Epping Forest in memory of Gipsy Rodney Smith. He was an evangelist and a preacher. And guess what, he was born at this very spot? It stands as a remembrance of the traditional way of life of the gypsy people. Legislation and social changes in the country had placed restrictions on the movements and the stopping places of the gypsies during their migration.
A relative to Rodney Smith by the name of ‘Lazzy’ Smith got his Gypsy family to accompany him to the Liverpool International Exhibition. Visitors were charged to enter the gypsy section of the exhibition.
Epping Forest and its surrounding vicinity were termed by the Gypsies as a ‘Gypsy Mecca’.
- Pole Hill:
It would take you a little bit of effort and energy to get you to this spot known as the Pole Hill. However, it is worth all the efforts and the tiredness, as you are greeted with the best views of the city and the forest all around. The view is panoramic and breathtaking beautiful. The evenings offer you some of the prettiest views. Pole Hill has derived its name from the marker that was placed on this hill to align with the telescope placed at the Greenwich Observatory.
This land was gifted to England by T.E. Lawrence. He bought the land after his gay college friend, who was actually in love with him, had built a hut here. However fatefully died after a crash on his motorcycle. The hut was then destroyed and today it is a spot for visitors to explore.
- The Warren:
The Warren is actually a grand house. It is owned by the Corporation of the City of London and this house is its administrative center. It is from the Warren House that the Epping Forest is controlled and managed.
The Warren House is the real savior of the Epping Forest. Originally, this site was a posh hotel which is popularly known by the name of Reindeer Inn. In the olden days, it was well known for its rabbit pie.
This spot is ideal to have your dinner here. They cater only to private parties and not too large crowds. Before 2008, this place was popular for its dance numbers and country songs. The legendary Woolston Hall was a frequently visited spot for its country dances and merry making. However, it was burned to the ground by a huge fire. Admission to this Epping Forest Country Club was exclusively for members only.
Later on, this place was split up as three nightclubs and opened to the public. These were known as ‘The Jungle’, ‘The Casino Club’ and ‘The Country Club’.
- Turpin’s Cave:
Turpin’s Cave was the actual hideout of the notorious Highwayman Dick Turpin. It was even named after him. He did all kinds of crimes like selling stolen meat, smuggling, poaching, Highway robbery, and some murders as well.
He had a group of devoted friends who formed his gang as they robbed and stole on highways and roads all over the country. As several of his gang members were caught. He and the other associate by the name of Tom King built a Hideout in the Epping Forest.
You get to relive all of those moments that Turpin lives here and made a life out of all that he had stolen during his highwayman career.