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Hotels in Chigwell

Chigwell's location combines the best of both worlds - it's just 13 miles from Canary Wharf and only just inside Essex, yet surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Book one of our Chigwell hotels and explore the woodland and green spaces around this affluent town.

Sports and leisure

Chigwell has a leisure centre with a gym, indoor and outdoor pools, spa facilities, tennis and badminton courts, and is also close to several golf clubs. Chigwell Golf Club, in the town itself, is often a venue for pro-ams and county championships. Nearby you'll find Chingford Golf Course, which dates back to 1886, making it the oldest course in Essex, and also the Hainault Forest Golf Club and West Essex Golf Club. The latter is in Epping Forest, but also has views of the London skyline, including the O2 Arena, Canary Wharf, the Shard, the Gherkin, and the London Eye. There's also a driving range, a putting green and a pitching and chipping green here, as well as a bar and restaurant. The club is open to visitors every day except Saturdays and Sunday mornings.

Eating and drinking

Head to King William IV, one of Chigwell's pubs for an extensive menu featuring everything from confit pig's cheeks to slow cooked corned salt beef hash. Enjoy cask ales and a fire in the winter at the Two Brewers, where the menu includes a couple of unusual dishes, including rabbit and prune faggots. The 600-year-old Ye Olde King's Head, thought to be the Maypole Inn in Charles Dickens' novel Barnaby Rudge, is now home to Sheesh, a family-run Turkish restaurant. There are two bars here too, and live music on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For fine dining head to The Bluebell, an elegant restaurant in a 500-year-old building.

Epping Forest

This 6,000-acre forest is a lovely place for a walk or cycle ride – there are nine marked routes, or walkers can venture off the beaten track. You can also go horse riding, boating or fishing – there are more than 100 lakes and ponds in the forest, and you can fish in 24 of them. Two thirds of the forest is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and is internationally renowned for its ancient trees and its population of fallow deer. A rare herd of around 100 black fallow deer reside in the deer sanctuary. Look out for a variety of other wildlife, including goldcrests, green woodpeckers, kestrels, buzzards, red kites, hares, water voles, muntjac deer, bats, slowworms, great crested newts and myriad butterflies.

Hainault Forest Country Park

On the other side of Chigwell from Epping Forest is the Hainault Forest Country Park, which holds a Green Flag award. Here you'll find adventure playgrounds, a boating lake, a ceramic painting studio, a dog-free picnic area, a fishing lake, wooden sculptures and a café in summer. The park is also home to Foxburrows Farm, where you'll usually find sheep, pygmy goats, chickens, ducks, geese, miniature Shetland ponies, Mangalitza pigs, chipmunks, meerkats, donkeys, owls, rabbits and more. Kids will also enjoy riding on the Foxburrows Express miniature train at weekends and in school holidays.

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