Epping Forest — MTB day trips from London
Includes segments in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
0.54 mi in total
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Mountain Biking Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.
July 4, 2020
An extensive network of natural trails rather than a carefully manicured bike park, Epping Forest is easily accessible from the north of London and also great for gravel and ‘cross bikes too. Take care when riding these trails, as they’re mostly shared use, rather than dedicated bike trails. This area also isn’t the best draining, so it’ll be great in the summer months, but be prepared to get pretty mucky when it’s been wet! This Tour is a guide to show you some areas of the forest to head for, including Pole Hill to the south-west, the Green Ride circuit, some of the more built trails and viewpoints where you can relax and take a breather. You’ll probably find though, when you’re in the thick of the forest surrounded by many trail options, that you might want to go off-route and explore some more. That’s totally fine too!If you’re travelling by train, you can get to Chingford on the London Overground (you won’t be able to take your bike on the Underground services, unfortunately). If you’re cycling from Central London, take the cycle path along the Lee Valley on the 85% traffic-free London Docklands and Lea Valley Sustrans cycle route to Ponders End, where you can cross to the east between the reservoirs to Chingford. Along the route through the forest, expect wide and easy fire roads, natural single track, small features, some steeper trails, and some incredible views from the high points back over the city to the south and the countryside to the north. Head north to ride the unofficial trails ‘High Beach Bumps’ and ‘Downhill Rush’ to start, before climbing up to the viewpoint at High Beach. You’ll loop round through Great Monk Wood in the heart of Epping Forest next, and onto the easy Green Ride trail. This leads you south past Bellringer's Hollow, Loughton Camp, and Earl's Path Pond. Before finishing back at Chingford, take in the more difficult loop of Pole Hill with some steeper slopes, making sure you take a moment to take in the expansive view from way up here.
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