For many residents of mega-cities it is very important to escape from the constant noise and fuss from time to time. But a simple walk in the park is not always enough. Therefore, we want to introduce to you four small forests near the capital, where you can easily get out for one day or more.
The most picturesque forests near London
Epping Forest. The largest outdoor recreation area in London, covering almost 2.5 thousand hectares in the north-eastern part of the capital and the neighboring county of Essex. Earlier, there were the hunting grounds of English kings here, and today most of Epping is a site of special scientific value with well-groomed pastures, parks, ponds, wastelands and wetlands. Stations nearby: Epping, Woodford.
Highgate Woods. Between East Finchley and Highgate there is a small forest with an area of 28 hectares. This ancient forest is located near the suburbs of northern London. Many wild animals still live here. Stations nearby: Highgate, East Finchley.
Queens Woods. The forest is located next to Maswell Hill. And it is believed that it is one of the four forests that were part of the "ancient forest", which covered almost the whole Britain more than five thousand years ago. Queens is a great place for a long walk or even a picnic. Stations nearby: Archway, Highgate.
Petts Wood. This small forest is ideal for those who want to escape from a bustling city, but not too far away. Petts is part of the London route Outer Orbital Walk. Stations nearby: Petts Wood.