Earls Path in Loughton, c1900 is a quiet rural path.

As with many paths through Epping Forest, some became very popular and over time, became roads.  

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Earl's Path through Epping ForestEarl's Path through Epping Forest (Image: Gary Stone)

Each parish had to maintain its own roads, and a good source of road material came from the digging of gravel pits. 

These pits soon flooded and became natural-looking forest ponds.