Loughton is a town and civil parishes in England in the Epping Forest (district) district of Essex. It is located between 11 and 13 miles (21 km) north east of Charing Cross in London, south of the M25 motorway and west of the M11 motorway and has boundaries with Chingford, Buckhurst Hill, Theydon Bois, Waltham Abbey, Essex, and Chigwell. Loughton includes 3 conservation areas and there are 56 listed buildings in the town, together with a further 50 locally listed.
Loughton has a population of 30,340 and covers about , of which over  are part of Epping Forest. Within Essex it is the second most populous civil parish, after Canvey Island, and the second largest in area.

Why visit?

  • Loughton has a rich history, with evidence of human settlement dating back to the Iron Age. The town is home to a number of historic sites, including the Grade I listed Loughton Hall, the Grade II listed Loughton Camp, and the Grade II listed Loughton Church.
  • Loughton hosts a number of events throughout the year, including the Loughton Festival, the Loughton Carnival, and the Loughton Fair.
  • Loughton is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with a number of nature reserves and parks to explore. The Epping Forest is a particularly popular spot for walking, cycling, and horse riding.