The Ancestor's Trail is an annual biological pilgrimage combining walking, evolution and art. Based on Richard Dawkins' book 'The Ancestor's Tale', the Trail guides its walkers along a time line from the present day back 3.8 billion years to the origins of life.
Although originating in the UK, trail events now also take place in Canada and Russia (see our international page) with another to follow in the USA in 2018. The UK event is made up of several walks of varying lengths located in Epping Forest, London. Each of the main trails are guided and start at a train or tube station. All the trails merge in time and we finish together at Cheshunt YHA. Once there, we celebrate with food and music Saturday night, and then scientific speakers Sunday morning.
We are a non-profit and booking post-trail activities allows us keep the trail free to all. Please consider joining us after the walks.