West London Ramblers

The London Loop

London LOOP

The London Outer Orbital Path runs for 150 miles around London, further out than the Capital Ring and with paths that are often more rough and rural, and in places quite hilly. It passes through ancient woodland and forests, across commons and downs and passes many historic houses and other places of interest. Yet despite its rural character it is easy to access by public transport and with one exception all the stations fall within the Oyster or Freedom Pass zones.

We have decided to follow the sections outlined in the official trail guide rather than the more numerous and shorter ones on the TFL web-site. This means that most of the walks are between 8 and 12 miles although it is usually possible to drop out en route if you want to.

We began on 16th February from Erith Riverside with impressive views of the Thames Estuary and Purfleet on the opposite bank where the walk will finish on 16th November. We are now walking clockwise around London covering a section every 2-3 weeks on Thursdays. Full details of each walk are on the programme and anyone is welcome to join us for just the occasional walk or undertake the challenge of completing the whole trail. You can download a certificate from the TFL web-site!

Walks in 2017

16th February

Erith Riverside to Old Bexley

 8.75 miles

9th March

Old Bexley to Jubilee Park

 7.6 miles

30th March

Jubilee Park to West Wickham Common

 9 miles

13th April

West Wickham Common to Hamsey Green

9 Miles

27th April

Hamsey Green to Banstead Downs

10.5 miles

25th May

Banstead Downs to Kingston Bridge

11.0 miles

8th June

Kingston Bridge to The Causeway

10.0 miles

29th June

The Causeway to Uxbridge Lock

11.5 miles

20th July

Uxbridge Lock to Moor Park

10.25 miles

17th August

Moor Park to Elstree

12.0 miles

30th August

Elstree to Cockfosters (This is Wednesday)

10.5 miles

21st September

Cockfosters to Enfield Lock

 8.75 miles

5th October

Enfield Lock to Chigwell

 8.5 miles

19th October

Chigwell to Harold Wood

11.0 miles

2nd November

Harold Wood to Rainham

 9.0 miles

16th November

Rainham to Purfleet

 5.5 miles

For further information see:

The London Loop by David Sharp and Colin Saunders, Aurum Press

TFL web-site https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/loop-walk

Sunday, November 19, 2017