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.
The Trail 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.
Saturday 30th July
Travel to your chosen trail start location. (Morning walkers - Bring your own picnic)
9.45am - Human trail start time - chingford train station - 12 miles walking
10.05am - Gazelles start time - Loughton tube station - 11.5 miles walking
11am - early picnic lunch at High Beech Epping Forest. Toilets available. Gazelle and Human trail only.
11.30am - Amphibians start time - Epping Tube station - 9 miles walking
1pm - 2nd toilet stop (for trails before Amphibians rendezvous).
1.15pm - Bacteria start time - Enfield lock rail station - 4.5 miles walking (including wheelchair users)
1.30pm - Jonny Berliner performance at amphibian rendezvous.
2.10pm - Plants start time - Waltham Cross rail station - 3 miles walking. (or 2pm from the YHA)
4.30pm - arrival at Cheshunt YHA - the dawn of life! - Tea and cake (for those who've booked)
ALL EVENTS from this stage onwards require advanced booking and will take place at @ YHA Cheshunt :
7-8pm - evening meal
8.30pm - late - bar and evening entertainment including the amazing
12am - last train from Cheshunt rail station to central London if you're not staying over night.
8am-9am - breakfast
10am - 1pm - science speakers - including the BBC's very own Yan Wong, James Rosindell - back by popular demand and co- authors of One Zoom - and also Tom McNally.
1.15pm - jump on train back to central London from Cheshunt rail station.
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.
Information on booking the entertainment and the YHA will be shown after you register.