Folkes Lane Woodland

Folkes Lane Woodland

London is one of the most bustling cities on the planet, but for those needing a break from the chaos or a return to the great outdoors, look no further than Folkes Lane Woodland.

Hidden away on the city’s outskirts, this forest has spectacular views over the capital city of England, while still being a tranquil place where you can surround yourself with nature.

Escape from the city

The trails at Folkes Lane Woodland aren’t too difficult, but climbing the hillsides will give you plenty of exercise.

If you ever need a break, don’t worry, because there are plenty of benches along the way as well. From the hill here, you’ll see an amazing side of London you might have never seen before.

Try and trace the River Thames snaking its way through the concrete jungle.

Or if it’s an especially clear day, see if you can spot the O2 arena or the London Eye in the distance.

The spectacular views really will put the city in a new light and will stick with you for a long time to come.

Picnic in peace

There are over 90,000 trees growing here, forming a natural wall that keeps out the urban hustle and bustle so you can relax in peace and quiet.

What’s even better are the picnic spots, which may just be some of the most serene spots in London to have your lunch.

There’s one by the car park if you fancy digging in at the start or the end of your walk, or one along the path if you want to recharge during your stroll.

Folkes Lane Woodland really is the perfect place to go for a short escape away from the busy urban setting of London.

When will you be back?

It’s a hidden gem, but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult to get to, as it’s only a short trip away no matter where you are in the city.

So if you’re a Londoner who wants more nature in your life, why not make the trip out to see this lovely forest?

The Wykeham,
Folkes Lane,
Essex,
GB RM14 1TH

Free parking