London Loop - Section 20 - Chigwell to Havering-atte-Bower
One of the most rural sections of the whole Loop, being almost entirely in open country or woodland, apart from an initial road walk (Chigwell High Road).
The route is shared for a while with the Chigwell Country Walk, which provides a link with Grange Hill station, and with the Three Forests Way. You continue to Chigwell Row across undulating farmland, where fields may be ploughed and cropped.
Then comes Hainault Forest Country Park (where it leaves the Three Forests Way, the Loop skirts the woodland) with its lake, and you must take care as you cross Hainault Forest Golf Course. Amid more farmland you cross the infant River Rom, then another woodland stretch leads through Havering Country Park to the pleasant village of Havering-atte-Bower, from which the London borough takes its name.
6.5 miles ( 10.5 km)
Chigwell High Road (GR 439-934)
North Road, Havering-atte-Bower (GR 512-931)
West to east
Terrain and surface:
Generally level, with some gentle slopes. Mostly on rough paths or tracks and on grass. Some fields may be ploughed. Six stiles. 800m beside roads
Signage complete both ways
Refreshments and toilets:
Pubs at Chigwell, Chigwell Row, Havering-atte-Bower. Cafés at Chigwell. Public toilets at Hainault Forest Country Park and Havering-atte-Bower
Public transport and breakpoints:
Tube: Chigwell (Travecard zone 6) and Grange Hill
Buses: at points above and also at Chigwell Row and Havering-atte-Bower (infrequent service - please check timetable before travelling).
For more information on public transport please see Transport for London's Journey Planner.
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