New walk – the London Loop

Although the Thames Path and Grand Union Canal walks were very interesting and passed through some wonderful scenery, as the walking route went further from my home, the ‘commuting’ time to get to and from the walk increased. It was around 3 hours each way with the final sections of the walks, meaning I had to set off early each day to guarantee having enough time to walk each section. It also meant that the walks were really confined to the summer months when there is light for many hours each day.

So, for my next walking route, I was boggled to find that the London LOOP (London Outer Orbital Path) passes very close to my house – just two roads away! The walk is contained within the TFL Zones, meaning that I can always use my Oyster card to pay for trips, and can use a combination of trains, tubes, trams and buses to get to/from the walk. It also means that the ‘commuting’ time can be as little as 30 minutes and probably not much longer than 2 hours. It means I can get some walking done in the shorter days of the seasons either side of summer.

I’ll be following the route in the official clockwise direction, with each section coming in order, but rather than start and end the whole loop at the Thames at Erith/Purfleet, I’ll be starting and ending in Fulwell. Also due to short walking hours away from the summer, some walks will start/end at the intermediate points.

So, here we go!

01 Fullwell to Heathrow
02 Heathrow to Cowley
03 Cowley to Uxbridge
04 Uxbridge to Harefield
05 Harefield to Moor Park
06 Moor Park to Hatch End
07 Hatch End to Stanmore
08 Stanmore to Elstree
09 Elstree to High Barnet
10 High Barnet to Cockfosters
11 Cockfosters to Endfield Lock
12 Enfield Lock to Chigwell
13 Chigwell to Harold Wood
14 Harold Wood to Rainham
15 Rainham to Purfleet
16 Erith to Bexley
17 Bexley to Petts Wood
18 Petts Wood to West Wickham
19 West Wickham to Hamsey Green
20 Hamsey Green to South Coulsdon

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