If I'm honest, I normally just go down Forrest Side to Chingford, and get on the paths and trails from there, totally skipping Whitehall Plain.
Unsurprisingly there was a reasonable amount of mud on the way to Epping today. This mud was very attracted to my rotors. Trying to scrape it off with leaves didn't work. I now need new brake pads.
Dunno. Fucked pads now.
Most typical trails between Hollow ponds and Whitehall Plains are pretty obliterated at the moment, on the plus side, there will be loads of new lines to try in two months.
Anyone been up to Epping recently, specifically the Hollow ponds - Whitehall plain route, how's it looking re. mud? Walthamstow Marshes is still under water, but Hackney Marshes is not too bad, so might pop up this weekend.
Last time was 2 weeks ago when it was all frozen. I'd still avoid it
Bummer. Might try on the gravel/hybrid, and stick mainly to the roads.
Went past Whitehall plain on the road this morning and while it was frozen it’s still looking pretty churned
This is still the best approach imo
All the fire roads north of Rangers Road are super fast and dry, everywhere to the south of that is a total write off. As is everything around High Beech
A lot of the trails on the east/Loughton side of Epping New Road are drying out but still a bit boggy
I don't mind sticking mainly to fire roads when I'm there, but cycling up via the road on mtb tyres is a bit overkill.
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