The Beam Valley is a 74-hectares country park running from the New Road (A1306) by the Ford Motor Works in the south-east of the borough, north along the River Beam up to the Barking to Basildon railway line as a southwards extension ofEastbrookend Country Park.
In 2014 a bridge was opened, opening up the Valley for informal access on foot or bicycle, linking Beam Valley to Bretons Park. Please note, some paths in the Valley can be prone to flooding.
The land is a mixture of woodlands, grassland, ponds and marsh areas. It also includes a variety of historical features, including tank traps, pillboxes and a section of the Old Romford Canal.
There is archaeological evidence that the area has been used since the Stone Age. Features such as a farmstead were discovered, as well as evidence that cremation burials of some of the farmers and their families took place. An unexpected discovery was a Roman pottery kiln; this has helped to understand how craft manufacturing was managed at the time.
Accessible at all times
Features of the Park include:
- Site Area: 74 hectares (185 acre)
- Site Type: Country Park
- Site Users: Open to all
- Nearest Train Station: Dagenham East Station
- Nearest Bus stop: 50m
- Bus Number: London Transport 103, 145
- Site Management Organisation: London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
- Phone: 0208 215 3000
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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