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Harold Wood Station to Purfleet Station
The London Loop Leg 9
Harold Wood Station to Purfleet Station
Saturday, 28th July, 2007
The London Loop is a 140 mile walk around London and roughly just inside the M25 (although you do not see it) passing through as many green places as possible such as parks, woods, commons, riverside protected areas and open farmland.
The West Essex Ramblers covered this in about 10 mile stretches over the period 2006 to 2008.
We were following the path using "The London Loop" by David Sharp, ISBN1854107593, £13 rrp.
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Some commentary on the photos,
which is also a reflection on the walk
[Road information is just to help identify where we were].
Soon after leaving Harold Wood Station, we were in Harold Wood Park. Here, the customary explanation of the day's itinerary was given by the leader.
Crossing the Ingrebourne (Image 1). In image 2 we were close to the river.
Another view near the river.
[We had crossed the A127].
We crossed the Ingrebourne, again.
Images 1 & 2 were near the course of the river and image 3 shows the National Rail line to Upminster Station.
The Bridge Pub on the A124 Upminster Road, near Upminster Bridge Underground Station, where lunch was taken.
We walked more of the Ingrebourne valley, this time along Gaynes Park Way.
We crossed a footbridge then went along to Hacton Lane.
Hornchurch Country Park where cattle were spotted at the bottom of a slope -
This marsh area is still in Hornchurch Country Park. There was a lake (Image 1) then
a second lake (Image 2) -
Near here was the site of a WW II Airfield with a WW II pillbox (Image 3). Finally there was a ‘garden’ of a view, but I'm not sure exactly where we were.
We walked along streets to Bridge Broadway, Rainham, where there is a Clock Tower, with the Church of St Helen and St Giles in the background.
The second section of the 67 mile High Speed Rail Link from the English Channel to London which was due to open on 14th November 2007.
Five Images here. Image 1, the thin one, was of a roundabout near our afternoon drink
stop at Tesco. Image 2 was, I believe, one of the four LED constructions for Project
Litmus (designed by Jason Bruges) -
We reached the Thames. Images 1 & 2 are views upstream and 4 is downstream. Image 3 shows a plaque celebrating the founding of the Pilgrims Ferry in 1199.
Some more Thames' Views.
Across to Kent (Image 1), presumably Erith to the left and Erith Oil Depot to the right; the riverbank (Image 2); back upriver with Ford's two Wind Turbines on the horizon (Image 3) and a jetty into the river (Image 4).
Seemingly abandoned Ferro-
Some walkers went to the official end of the London Loop at Cold Harbour Point, then returned to Rainham. Others went on to Purfleet.
Image 1 -
Image 2 -
A beacon near the Heritage Centre, Purfleet. I cannot find any information about this beacon.
The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, viewed from Purfleet Station footbridge.
|Grid Ref. & OS Map|
|Etiquette & Rules|
|Family Walk 1|
|Family Walk 2|
|Mile End & Olympics|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 1|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 2|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 3|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 4|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 5|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 6|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 7|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 8|
|Shakespeare's Way - 10, 11|
|Shakespeare's Way 12,13,14|
|London Loop - Leg 1|
|London Loop - Leg 2|
|London Loop - Leg 3|
|London Loop - Leg 4|
|London Loop -Leg 5|
|London Loop - Leg 6|
|London Loop - Leg 7|
|London Loop - Leg 8|
|London Loop - Leg 9|
|London Loop - Leg 10|
|London Loop - Leg 11|
|London Loop - Leg 12|
|London Loop - Leg 13|
|London Loop - Leg 14|
|London Loop - Leg 15|
|Norfolk Coastal Path|
|Brecon Beacons - Ross's View|
|Isle of Wight - September 2010|
|Weymouth - Ross's View|
|Crete Page 1 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Page 2 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Page 3 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Mosaic Photos|
|Evia - Map|
|Evia - Ferry Trip|
|Evia - Karystos|
|Evia - Day 1|
|Evia - Day 2|
|Evia - Day 3|
|Evia - Day 4|
|Evia - Day 5|
|Evia - Day 6|
|Santo Domingo de Silos|