From the attractive village of Havering-atte-Bower, the route first passes through high-lying, undulating farmland, sharing part of the Havering Northern Area Circular Walks, to reach Noak Hill.
Then you follow a narrow green strip through the suburb of Harold Hill, part of the proposed Havering Greenway, which here lies beside Carter's and Paine's Brooks. These streams flow into the River Ingrebourne, which itself joins the Thames at Rainham Creek.
The direct route across the busy A12 Colchester Road dual carriageway is not recommended at time of writing - to avoid this a 750m diversion to the controlled crossing at Gubbins Lane is necessary. A final stretch along residential roads brings you to Harold Wood station.
5.5 miles ( 9 km)
North Road, Havering-atte-Bower (GR 512-931)
Harold Wood Station (GR 548-906)
Northwest to southeast
Terrain and surface:
Generally fairly level, some gentle slopes. Mostly on rough paths, tracks and grass. Five stiles. 2.3km (1.4 miles) beside roads
Signage complete both ways
Refreshments and toilets:
Pubs at Havering-atte-Bower, Noak Hill and Harold Wood. Public toilets at Havering-atte-Bower
Public transport and breakpoints:
Rail: Harold Wood
Buses: Havering-atte-Bower (infrequent service - please check timetable), Noak Hill, Harold Hill, Harold Wood
For more information on public transport please see Transport for London's Journey Planner.
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