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Sunday, 26 March 2017

One for London Loopers

Upminster Bridge to Purfleet (Please note this is NOT a countryside walk.  It is on hard surfaces so walking boots not needed but there is plenty of grass to walk on should you choose.) T=ldp.24

Distance 15.4km (9.6m); toughness 1/10. basically flat

Something a little different for one of this Sunday’s options; an exploration of the last two sections of the London Loop – Sections 23 and 24. if you are a bird-watcher bring your “bins”.

Take the District Line to Upminster Bridge (Zone 6) and assemble in the ticket hall at 10.45am.
You can end the walk at Rainham (Zone 6) but the full walk is to continue on to Purfleet which is one stop outside Zone 6 but you can use your Oyster Card.

Walk features

1. Section 23 Upminster Bridge to Rainham- 6.4km (4m) This first section takes you through Ingrebourne Valley Nature reserve which has a superb visitor centre where you can have refreshments or brunch and has lovely views over the valley. There are 4 pub options in Rainham village  but not all serve food .  The Albion Flaming Grill may be the best bet. (We are not talking nouvelle cuisine here….)

You can end the walk at Rainham and take a train back to Fenchurch Street to link up with the District Line at Barking . (Trains at 11 and 41 mins)

2. Section 24 Rainham to Purfleet- 9km (5.6m) This second section takes you on an atmospheric path along the river Thames to the RSPB reserve at Rainham Marshes which has  an ace café serving light meals, teas, coffees and cakes.  It closes 30 mins before the reserve so you need to get there around 4pm. If you get there early enough you could do a circuit of the reserve – about 3km – free to RSPB members otherwise there is a charge of £5.

Purfleet station is about 10mins walk from the reserve and on the way there are some fine views looking back to London’s 21st century skyline and expansive vistas across the Thames
Trains from Purfleet to London Fenchurch Street are at 6 and 36 mins . Again you can connect with the District Line at Barking.

The London Loop is sign-posted but full written details and maps can be found here

1 comment:

PeteB said...

n=4 on this walk in w=sunny-but-breezy-weather. A pleasant amble through East London's "edgelands". We stopped for early snacks and drinks at the cafe and visitor centre in Ingrebourne Valley before going on to Rainham where 1 member had an "interesting" meat pie in the Albion Flaming Grill!
In the afternoon we continued along the tarmac path by the Thames reaching the RSPB cafe and visitor centre at 3.15m which was packed with mums, dads and children as well as birdwatchers and where we enjoyed delicious cakes and tea. We decided against buying any £2,000+ camera/binocular equipment and strolled on to Purfleet to catch the 16.06 train. A lovely day out on a walk not for all tastes but something different for a winter or Spring outing.