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THE MOUNTAIN BIKE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR EPPING FOREST

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1. Comply with the Epping Forest byelaws and obey the instructions of the Forest
     Keepers at all times.
2. Do not use areas where “NO MOUNTAIN BIKING” signs are located.
3. Minimise damage and erosion by avoiding muddy or well-worn Forest areas and
    access tracks. Harsh braking can cause damage.
4. Respect the peace and quiet of the Forest and avoid disturbing others.
5. Be aware of, slow down, and give way to walkers, runners and horses. Avoid
    sudden approach, particularly from behind, do not make loud noises, dismount if
    necessary. When passing, give as much room as possible.
6. Avoid, or reduce speed, on busy access tracks.
7. Split large groups to avoid bunching and the obstruction of Forest access tracks.
8. Corner and accelerate with care and control, especially on fast descents, take
    particular care to slow down at crossing points and sharp bends. Remember other
    Forest users may not hear you coming.
9. Do make sure that you are seen by all other users of the Forest.
10. Follow the Highway Code where applicable, the Country Code and the Mountain
    Bike Code of conduct for cross-country and cross-city cycling as produced by the
    Countryside Commission/Sports Council.
11. Do not Race.
Epping Forest is a public open space, owned and maintained by the Corporation of London. Its
6,000 acres are a mixture of ancient woodlands, heaths, bogs, ponds and grassy plains. More than
half of the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in recognition of the Forest’s unique stands of
old pollarded trees and their associated wildlife. Fallow and Muntjac Deer are found in the woods
and cattle graze the grasslands in summer.

Much of the Forest’s woodland is found on the slopes of a ridge. Meandering streams have cut deep
valleys into the underlying clay and many of the access tracks follow undulating routes through the
trees. The steep embankments of two Iron Age Camps are hidden within the woodland.

The Forest is within easy reach of the M25 (Junction 26) and is served by British Rail (Network
South East to Chingford) as well as the Central Line. Forest visitors can enjoy fresh air, scenery
and the special plants and animals of the locality.

Management work is carried out in the Forest to ensure safe public access as well as to enhance the
wildlife interest of the area. The cost of maintaining this and other open aces owned by the
Corporation is met from City Cash with no charge on public funds.
For information and maps on Epping Forest please contact:

Epping Forest Information Centre,
High Beach,
Loughton,
Essex IG10 4AF
Telephone 020 8508 0028

				
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