Epping Forest Mountain Biking

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Chingford Railway Station, 6 Station Rd, Station Approach, Waltham Forest, London E4 6AL, UK

Epping forest is great for mountain biking especially if you live in or around London.

The terrain is rooty and is prone to being quite muddy (OK very muddy).

There are no end of MTB friendly natural trails to describe so best hook up with someone who knows it or just get out there and explore.

Trails (all ungraded and natural)

  • It has only natural routes on offer as the city of London corporation does not endorse any building. There is no shortage though of natural singletrack here. 
  • It is not too steep and so works well for beginners (in the dry). There are some places with natural features for jumps and drops but they are not too easy to find. If you learn your way around you can put together a not half decent intermediate ride. It's also big so great for training.
  • A good beginners ride is below and starts at the south side of Epping forest. It is easily accessible by train (Chingford station is a stones throw away). It starts from a car park which sits opposite a golf course and close to the junction with A1069. From Chingford Station turn right up Station Road for 200m and then take the second left into Bury Road. The first entrance to this car park can be found 150m up here on the right.
  • You can access the detailed route from here
  • Another start point for other good mtb riding at Epping Forest is from the top at High Beach which has a cafe hut (famous bread pudding) as well as a decent pub, a visitors center and toilet. Another good place to ride is from High Beach by the the tea hut. It's at  the junction of Fairmead Road and Cross Roads, and in a clearing on Nursery Road close to the Epping Forest Visitor's Centre. At the latter you will also find the King's Oak pub and hotel.

Cycle Clubs and Groups

  • Kids MTB club meets sat morning. Contact Fabrizio Tel. 01992 564567 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Some good groups to hook up with are MBR Over 35 and or the Herts MTB group

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Submitted by: iBikeRide
Epping Forest MTB Loop is north east of London. Epping Forest is woodland and heathland and is muddy in in the winter (and sometimes in the summer as drains poorly). This route kicks off form High Beech (High Beech, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4). It is 25km long.

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3.4
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3.5  (4)
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MBRO35 - Regular riders of Epping Forest
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
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3.0
Our mountain bike cycle group MBRO35 (Mountain Bike Riders Over 35) regularly ride the trails of Epping Forest. If folks want to know more check out our website for forest details and ride times http://mbro35.co.uk

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Good Points
The forest has miles and miles of single track and enough ups and downs to keep most types of mountain biker happy. It's especially good in the dusty summer months.
Bad Points
The winter months can be a bit of a slog as the water doesn't drain very well and it becomes really boggy
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
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5.0
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3.5
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4.0
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3.5
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3.5
Hello there mate. Really keen on some help with Epping forest the forest is new to me but the trails ain't and watching your video after being up there myself haven't seen one on your video haha. Could u please give me afew starting places would really appreciate it. Thanks

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Would you recommend?
Yes
Owner's reply

Ben I mainly start from either High Beach or start from Chingford Station way. Not found nay mapped routes myself as yet and I do explore and get lost a bit. There is a guide I know that operates that way if you are interested or you could try a local club?

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A good mix for beginners and intermediates
(Updated: May 30, 2013)
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2.9
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3.0
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3.5
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2.5
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2.5
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3.0
Epping forest is one of the best locations for mountain biking in London, with nearly 6000 acres of forest stretching from Wanstead to Epping there are loads of trails that are suitable for beginner and intermediate riders.
None of the climbs are too intimidating, and with careful route choice some great descents can be found.
In the winter months trails can get quite muddy, this just adds to the fun.

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Good Points
Large variety of bridleways and singletrack that would suit intermediate riders, with some areas that can be used to work on skill development.
Bad Points
Epping forest is on a ridge of London clay, this means that trails stay wet and suffer when the weather has been bad. The northerly parts of the forest do however dry quicker.
Finding good rideable singletrack is hard without local knowledge.
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Yes
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Stones throw from the big smoke
(Updated: August 18, 2013)
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2.9
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If you are looking for a great trail for beginners and fun for all riders wanting an xc blast then this is a brill one and a stones throw from the big smoke. Bit muddy if it's been raining (well very muddy)
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