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|The Two Brewers and Hainault Forest|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 03 Sep 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Essex, Epping Forest|
|A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Two Brewers in Chigwell Row, Essex. The Two Brewers is a lovely spacious pub with comfortable furniture and a well-stocked bar. The walking route explores the adjacent Hainault Forest Country Park, with chance to see beautiful ancient woodland, a pretty lake and even a city farm and zoo. |
The walk is relatively flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. Most of the paths are well-made but the first section through the forest can get fairly muddy after periods of rain and in winter. There are no stiles and just a few kissing gates. Dogs are welcome in the country park. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
Chigwell Row is situated in the triangle formed by the M11, M25 and A12, just a few miles north of Romford on the A1112. The walk starts and finishes at the Two Brewers pub on Lambourne Road, east of the main A1112. The pub has its own car park alongside. Alternatively, if this car park is very busy, turn left out of the pub and there is another car park for the country park just a little further along on the right. Approximate post code IG7 6ET.
|Start to Camelot Crossroads|
Start point: 51.622 lat, 0.1206 long
Leave the pub car park and turn left along the pavement. Cross over Coopers Close and soon afterwards cross over the main road using the zebra crossing. Veer left into the small country park car park. A few paces in, turn left through the metal kissing gate and keep straight ahead on the grass path running close to the hedgeline on the left.
|Camelot Crossroads to Fox Burrow Road|
Start point: 51.624 lat, 0.1362 long
After less than 100 yards, you’ll emerge out of the trees into another multi-way junction of paths. Do NOT go ahead into the fenced area of heath, instead take the gravel path immediately to the left of this. Follow this bridleway with the fence now running on the right, ignoring the path off left into the golf course.
|Fox Burrow Road to Lake|
Start point: 51.6167 lat, 0.1377 long
Turn right along Fox Burrow Road, the quiet tarmac access lane for the country park. Pass a row of terraced cottages, a picnic area and then the (largely disused) complex of old estate offices all on the left. After this, join the stone path running along the left edge of the road, and on the left you’ll pass the fenced enclosures of the farm and zoo.
|Lake to End|
Start point: 51.614 lat, 0.1281 long
Stay on the main track as it gradually swings right around the perimeter of the lake. On the far bank, ignore the smaller paths forking off into the forest, simply stay on the main gravel path as it continues beyond the lake into dense woodland.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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