Only thirteen miles away from London's Charing Cross is Loughton which is part of Epping Forest. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the age of its trees and other fauna, Epping Forest offers many opportunities for mountain bikers to enjoy the abundance of nature which is found there. Many parks are in the Loughton part of Epping Forest where a large workforce is employed. It is reported that highwayman Dick Turpin had a hideout in Epping Forest.
Loughton is a cultural hub. Home to an acting school, Loughton also has a vibrant classical music scene and has hosted gigs by many legendary bands such as Deep Purple. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits was once a lecturer at Loughton College as well.
Two national archives are in Loughton and many sporting venues are also in this town such as a golf course, numerous tennis courts and an athletics club.