A walking event based on life's story.


The next UK event is in Epping Forest near London on

2018 date TBA soon


Ancestor's Trail map

The Ancestor's Trail is made up of several trails of varying lengths (from 3 to12 miles) guided by volunteers and starting at a train or tube station. Simply pick a distance that suits you best - one trail is suitable for (and regularly used by) wheelchair users. All the trails merge in time and, conveniently enough, finish at Cheshunt YHA which is right next to the train station with easy connection to central London. Hear about last year's event on this East Cast radio show.

The Ancestor's Trail is open to people of all backgrounds and age groups.

The 2017 Trail - As you walk, you'll come across

* a Barn owl (and owner)

* Tango dancing, ravens and neuroscience

* nature poetry

* songs about life (on earth)

This website allows you to book your place on the walk. There's also an evening event afterwards with entertainment. The following morning we host various science lectures - all based at Cheshunt YHA.

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.


Register & Book



A new version of Richard Dawkins' and Dr Yan Wong's book The Ancestor's Tale, is now available. The book,on which our trail is based, takes us on a journey back through time meeting up with our increasingly distant common ancestors.
The One Zoom allows you to explore the tree of life in a completely new way: like a map, everything is on one page, all you have to do is zoom in and out.