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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Midweek Day Walk - Laindon circular

Laindon Circular

A gentle walk through the Essex countryside with lunch at Hordon-on-the-Hill

Book 3* Walk 114   

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Length :  The full walk is 21 km or 13 miles - with both short cuts 15 km or 9½ miles. 

Toughness :  4/5/6 out of 10 ( 2 shortcuts / 1 shortcut / the full monty )

Getting there : Catch the 10:19 am train from London Fenchurch Street to Laindon

Calling stations are:
  • Limehouse 10:23
  • West Ham 10:28
  • Barking 10:33
  • Upminster 10:41

Meeting point :  Laindon Station at 10:49

Tickets : Buy a Cheap Day Return to Laindon

Brief Description

The RMT strike on Southern Railways is going ahead, seriously disrupting services between London and Brighton. Hence this had led to the cancellation of the Hassocks to Upper Beeding walk that I posted for this day. (This may be slightly fortuitous as the weather forecast in that neck of the woods is for heavy showers.)
So, in its place, here's a fairly easy walk not too far from the metropolitan sprawl in an apparently surprisingly scenic part of Essex with a gastro Pub as one lunch option.
The walk has been thoroughly revised and updated by our ever enthusiastic Thomas and it now includes two additional sections extending the walk about 6 km. You may omit both extensions, roughly following the original route or alternatively just one or the other.
Full details of the walk are here and a Kindle/PDF download here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Bell Inn   High Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill, SS17 8LD.  t:  01375 642463 (The "Gastro" Pub)
The Swan 121 High Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill, SS17 8LD. t: 01375 640617

Possible Tea stops

Langdon Visitor Centre Dunton Plotlands, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, SS16 6EB. t: 01268 419103 (If you're not doing the afternoon short-cut)
The Four Seasons Victoria Road, Laindon  SS15 6AW


OS Explorer : 175

Return train times

Four trains an hour return from Laindon to Fenchurch Street, journey time is about 30 minutes


Anonymous said...

Thanks AD, who is going on this walk ?

Unknown said...

Shoreham is wetter than Laindon tomorrow anyway. Sadly a bit of a mission for me to get to Essex but have a good time.

Marion said...

i'm working today so not going and the weather forecast is really no better although Essex is classified in met terms as arid! Never seems that way when I lived there for 26years unless around the Beth Chatto garden.