Issued: September 13, 2016
Epping Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor greet walkers at end of annual Epping Forest Centenary Walk
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More than 150 walkers were met by Epping Mayor Les Burrows and his wife, Carol, and Deputy Mayor Tony Church and his partner, Hilary, as they completed the annual Epping Forest Centenary walk at Bell Common, Epping, on Sunday afternoon.
The guided walk, led by the Friends of Epping Forest, covers the entire length of the forest - with walkers covering either the whole route or sections - from its southernmost tip, wedging into east London, to not too far short of its northern extremities near Epping.
The event and route followed is based on the walk established in 1978 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Epping Forest Act 1878.
The Act, promoted by the City of London, restored lost lands to the forest and secured its future as a public open space. Since then, the Conservators have managed the forest for recreation and its natural aspect.
Organised by the Friends of Epping Forest, with support from the Ramblers’ Association,
the Epping Forest Centenary Trust and the Corporation of London, the walk provides an
opportunity to walk the entire length of Epping Forest in a day (about 15 miles) or
take part in one or several of the local sections of the route.
The walk started near Manor Park station) and followed a route with stops at the Green Man roundabout, Leytonstone; the Best Western Epping Forest Hotel, Woodford Green; Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, Chingford (for a lunch stop) and High Beach before finishing at Bell Common.
Epping Mayor Les Burrows said: "I was delighted to meet the walkers at the end of the walk and congratulate them on their efforts completing the walk which has an historic connection to the history of Epping Forest and its continuation as a public place for people to visit and enjoy."