The Society Organises a number of guided footpath walks
each year to explore the fields and forest surrounding Theydon Bois.
We look forward to seeing members, villagers and visitors to Theydon on the walks which are all FREE.
All walks start from the Village Hall in Coppice Row, are at a moderate pace and last about 2 hours, well controlled dogs on leads are welcomed on all the walks except for the 11th May. Please note on Sundays the car park at the village hall is usually closed, but there is parking nearby.
2017 Walks Programme
Deer Sanctuary Walk 2017:
Again a special event has been organised by the Rural Preservation Society for 2pm on Sunday 21st May to visit the Deer Sanctuary which is located within the village boundary. Many residents do not realise that Theydon Bois is almost unique in having a near 100 acre Deer Sanctuary so close to its houses. Access, until recently was rare and is still only occasionally agreed by the City of London who administer the Deer Sanctuary as part of its management of Epping Forest.
Therefore this is a rare opportunity for residents, their families and friends to see inside the sanctuary and learn about it from Forest Keeper, Michael Collins.
A Committee member of the Rural Preservation Society, will lead everyone interested from the Village Hall, leaving promptly at 2pm, on a gentle walk which is suitable for anyone able to walk 1 mile plus. Children of all ages and buggies are allowed, but sorry no dogs. Unfortunately this time we have to limit this walk to Village residents and friends only to avoid overcrowding.
The Preservation Society are also now starting to make details of their walks available as pdf's and the first two available are:
TB&DRPS WALK 01: Tracks - Past & Present (The walk of Sunday 3rd April 2011).
TB&DRPS WALK 02: Earthworks - Ancient & Modern. (The walk on Sunday 8th May 2011 and as 01/07/2012 ).
You are welcome to use these as an accompanying guide to the Society's walks or to try the walk 'under your own steam'.
Other Walking Links:
Essex Highways Footpath Map
This is an excellent Interactive Footpath Map for Essex. The Public Rights of Way of each path is identified on the map by a code number both for the parish and the path. For example 'PROW 208_3' is in Theydon. This code number can be seen by clicking on the path along with the grid reference. If you have any comments about this path, you quote this code when contacting Essex Highways to enable the Public Rights of Way team to deal with your query more easily.
You can either use the zoom in/out function to find a specific area of interest on the map or use the search facility. You can check on who can use the different paths on the map by clicking on the 'Asset' Category on the left hand menu.
You can enable additional map categories by clicking the corresponding tick box.
& District Historical Society - (For Epping Forest Walks go
to the walks page)
Walking in Essex - Essex walks including Theydon & Epping Forest Walks - free to download.
It is with the greatest regret that we have to record the death, on 14th May 2015, of our President Bob Day. He had lived all his long life in the village and provided at our AGM in July 2013 a lavishly illustrated account of his memories of the many landmark events affecting the village before, during and after World War II and right up to today. The many villagers present were so enthralled that he wrote up his recollections in five installments in issues of
this magazine, part 5 being published in the March edition this year.
All the past installments are available in the back issues of Village News available from the Newsletters Page of the Village Website. He made many contributions that have improved our community including overseeing the building of the new village hall when he was treasurer of the Village Association. He will be greatly missed.
For further information about The Theydon Bois
Village Preservation Society or its events: Telephone 01992 813708
or E-mail: Jim Watts, Secretary