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View from One Tree Hill towards Canvey Island

View from One Tree Hill towards Canvey Island

SWC Walk 114 Laindon Circular

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Marks Hill Nature Reserve, Path (I)

Marks Hill Nature Reserve, Path (I)

SWC Walk 114 Laindon Circular

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But Why? Tree in Westley Heights Park

But Why? Tree in Westley Heights Park

SWC Walk 114 Laindon Circular

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Woolmarket, Horndon-on-the-Hill

Woolmarket, Horndon-on-the-Hill

SWC Walk 114 Laindon Circular

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Undulating Field and Lincewood

Undulating Field and Lincewood

SWC Walk 114 Laindon Circular

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"Welcome to Essex"

"Welcome to Essex"

Laindon Circular

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Yellow fields

Yellow fields

Laindon Circular Oilseed rape.

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Laindon Circular Walk

Essex Hills, wooded Nature Reserves and panoramic Thames Valley Views

Length

20.8 km (12.9 mi)

OS Map

OS Landranger 177; Explorer 175

Toughness

6 out of 10

Walk Notes

This is an energetic and varied figure-of-eight walk through some tranquil, hilly parts of Essex, mostly through woods, both ancient and modern, and through flower-rich meadows and some farmland, which are all parts of Langdon Hills Country Park and the neighbouring Langdon Nature Reserve (which itself consists of five separate reserves). The hills form a crescent shaped ridge running West-to-East, giving panoramic views over the Thames Estuary from many points: out to Canvey Island and Fobbing Marshes in the East, across to Kent and to London’s Skyline in the West.

The lunch destination Horndon-on-the-Hill is a conservation area and features several noteworthy buildings as well as a multi-award winning pub. On the return you walk through more beautiful, undulating woods and then through the Dunton Plotlands part of the Nature Reserve, an interesting area formerly full of bungalows and chalets for Londoners.

This walk contains some arable field crossings around lunch (about 1000m in total), where it is also afflicted by some road noise from the nearby A13 for a short while.

A couple of shortcuts cut out 2.4 km (1.5 mi) and 2.6 km (1.6 mi) respectively. Taking either of the shortcuts reduces the rating to 5/10, taking both shortcuts reduces the rating to 4/10.

Transport

Trains go from London Fenchurch Street to Laindon, journey time between 29 and 38 minutes. All trains stop at one or more of the following DLR, Overground or Underground Stations: Limehouse, West Ham, Barking, Upminster.

Suggested Train: Take the train nearest to 09.30 am from London Fenchurch Street to Laindon.

Lunch and Tea

The Bell Inn High Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill, SS17 8LD. T: 01375 642 463. Located 10.4 km from the start of the walk.

The Swan 121 High Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill, SS17 8LD. T: 01375 640 617. Located 10.4 km from the start of the walk.

Harvester Langdon Hills High Road, Langdon Hills, Basildon, SS16 6HU. T: 01268 544 714. Located 5.6 km from the end of the walk.

Langdon Visitor Centre Dunton Plotlands, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, SS16 6EB. T: 01268 419 103. Located 3.1 km from the end of the walk.

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Start: SS15 6AB Directions

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

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Jun-17

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