Epping Forest is an beautiful ancient woodland on the boarders of Essex and Greater London. Back in the 12th century Henry III designated it a royal forest, and although commoners could forage on the land, hunting was strictly reserved for royalty. Centuries later in 1882, Queen Victoria declared it the 'People's Forest, saying 'It gives me the greatest satisfaction to dedicate this beautiful forest to the use and enjoyment of my people for all time.'
So now the People's Forest is visited by thousands every year, enjoying not only the scenery, but many leisure activities such as mountain biking, horse riding, swimming, and of course walking.
Although it may be a bit muddy in the autumn, it is still worth taking a stroll through the forest on the 15th September. The Alzheimer's Society are holding one of their many Memory Walks at Epping Forest, and unlike most sponsored events, this one is completely free to join. By raising the requested £50, you will help in the research and care of people with Alzheimer's Disease, in the hopes that one day a cure can be found.
Epping Forest is the perfect get away from the city, where you can chat, share memories, and get some light exercise in a 2km or 10km walk. Afterwards you can sit down and relax with refreshments.
Registration is at 10am at the Chingford Golf Club House, and the walk will begin at 11am.