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  1. Ongar Castle mound and house1830.
    Epping Forest District offers a rich mix of heritage surrounded by ancient forests and rich countryside. And all a tube ride away from the Capital.
  2. St John's Church and High Street, Epping
    Epping is a marketing town sitting on the northern edge of Epping Forest and on the end of the Central Line. Alight here for food and drink and shopping, or to discover the forest.
  3. The bridge at Abridge
    Abridge sits alongside the River Roding and is named for the bridge that forms an important and historic crossing place of the river. Today it is a charming place to enjoy good food, drink and accommodation.
  4. Loughton Station on the Central Line
    Loughton sits alongside Epping Forest and makes an ideal starting or finishing point for exploration with its cafes and restaurants and Central Line station.
  5. Cedars Park, Broxbourne.
    Broxbourne is a delightful borough sharing a boundary with the Lee Valley Park. An easy journey by car, cycle or foot it is well worth an excursion when visiting Epping Forest District.
  6. Roydon village sign and church.
    Roydon is a small picturesque village in the north of Epping Forest district, lying on the Stort River and Navigation.
  7. Ongar High Street.
    Ongar can trace its history back to Saxon times and its ancient streets today still portray the layout of the Norman town complete with castle motte. Surrounded by countryside and crossed by the Essex Way, Ongar is the ideal place to stop, relax and explore. Visit the world’s oldest wooden church at nearby Greensted or take a journey by steam on the Epping Ongar Railway, or head down the road to Kelvedon Hatch and the Secret Nuclear Bunker. If you’re interested in fine dining, and especially fish, Smiths will be at the top of your list. If arts are your thing, check out what’s on offer at Zinc Arts Centre.
  8. Waltham Abbey Church viewed from the Abbey Gardens.
    Waltham Abbey is a traditional market town steeped in history with Royal connections and an impressive church and abbey grounds at its centre. Its connections to King Harold, who founded the monastery and is reputedly buried in its grounds, are celebrated every year alongside a calendar of other festivals and events. Visitors are spoilt for choice with nearby attractions including the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Copped Hall, Lee Valley Park Farms and the Olympic White Water Centre. The town is surrounded on all sides by accessible countryside including nature reserves, parks and forest where a diverse range of activities and attractions are available for all to enjoy.
  9. Buckhurst Hill Library
    Buckhurst Hill, home to fashion and café culture in a Victorian setting on the edge of the forest, welcomes Londoners to Essex.
  10. The Kings Head Chigwell Village, former inn frequented by Charles Dickens.
    Chigwell Village is a step back in time with its famous school connected with William Penn who went on to found Pennsylvania and Kings Head Inn frequented by Charles Dickens
  11. Ongar to Moreton self guided walk.
    A country walk following along Cripsey Brook, between two locations stepped in history.
  12. Abigail Hill, to become Abigail Masham, as portrayed by Emma Stone in "The Favourite". In the background is Otes Hall, the real Abigail's future home.
    The Favourite - the truth behind the film and its connections with Epping Forest.

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