Railway Ramblers hit the trail at Epping10th September 2019
The Epping Ongar Railway has introduced a new ticket, the Railway Rambler, to encourage people to take a single journey by heritage bus and train to Ongar and return by walking a 7½ mile section of the scenic Essex Way.
On Saturday, Alison Stewart-Paterson and her family from Balham in South London bought the first Railway Rambler tickets and caught the bus from outside of Epping Tube station on their way to Ongar. Her family had travelled by tube to Epping for the bus to North Weald and then by train to Ongar. It took the family a leisurely 5 hours, stopping at two pubs, spotting wildlife and farm animals and taking in the scenery to get back to Epping.
Alison said “We saw the offer in an email earlier in the week and thought the walk would be a great way of extending the summer for us. The boys loved spotting wildlife, looking at bugs and were delighted to be so close to the horses and sheep. It was a perfect family day out of London.”
“The route was clearly mapped out and easy to follow, and we loved the magic of the forest! Once we reached Epping station we were tired out but had a great sense of achievement!”
The Railway Rambler is designed to encourage people to travel to this very rural part of Essex by public transport and the walk from Ongar takes in some lovely sights including Greensted Church, the world’s oldest wooden church. Passengers are encouraged to enjoy this part of Essex, on the edge of London, and to visit the medieval town of Chipping Ongar.
Dean Walton, the Railway’s General Manager, said, “I was delighted to meet Alison and her family at the start of their Railway Ramble. This new ticket is opening up Ongar and the surrounding countryside for daytrippers from London in a win-win for the local economy and the Railway. I was so pleased when she told me what a lovely day the family had had.”
“Until 1994 the Central Line ran all the way to Ongar, now the line has been put to use as a heritage tourist attraction bringing much needed visitors to Ongar. Making it easy to come by public transport puts less pressure on the roads and car parks in and around Ongar as well getting families and children active.”
More details of the Railway Rambler ticket can be found here.