Epping Forest is the Big Daddy of Rural London sites and one that I have only thus far visited once. On my sole visit a year or so ago after much humming and haa-ing and even one failed attempt some time previously due to the Central Line being on the Fritz I arrived with flat batteries in my camera and only a couple of hours of daylight left. Due these restrictions I only visited a corner of the forest and took a few pics on my mobile phone. I was however incredibly impressed with the Forest and will return as soon as pos!
On my visit I travelled to Epping station and walked from there to the Forest which was a bit of a trek. The walk did benefit me in as much as I passed a bookshop en-route, from where I purchased a tidy little handbook on the forest written by a fellow called Brimble many moons ago (I can't find it at the moment so cannot say exactly when; 1930's perhaps)? Brimbles Guide is pretty cool and contains several pages of hand drawn maps at the back which I haphazardly followed on my explorations.
Epping Forest is a proper whopper! I guess you could spend days wandering around the place and still only scratch the surface of what is to be found? Following Brimbles Guide I entered the Forest via Old Bell Common and headed in the direction of Ambresbury Mounds, an Iron age fortification described in Brimbles. I found the mounds which were impressive as well as unexpected.