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The highlight of this walk is walking around the amazing Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge. This 500 year old 3-story building is stunning. If it were in central London it would be packed with tourists all day every day, but out in darkest Chingford you’ll probably get this undiscovered gem all to yourselves. It’s decked out as it would have been in Tudor times, and out of its windows you see pretty much the same view of Epping Forest that good Queen Bess would have enjoyed. Stroll through the forest to see beautiful Connaught Water and you’ll see plenty of birdlife too. And there’s even a charming old Victorian building that’s been converted into a cute cafe, where we can stop for a break if you wish.

Start and Finish Chingford Overground station