Laindon Circular walk
Essex Hills, wooded Nature Reserves and panoramic Thames Valley Views
20.9 km (13.0 mi)
OS Landranger 177; Explorer 175
5 out of 10
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, now with a brand-new large visitor centre and café.
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 while.
Laindon station is on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway line from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness in eastern Essex, with four trains an hour Mon-Sat and two on Sundays, journey time is between 30 and 34 minutes. All trains stop at one or more of the following DLR, Overground or Underground Stations: Limehouse, West Ham, Barking, Upminster.
Saturday Walkers' Club: Take the train nearest to 09.30 am from London Fenchurch Street to Laindon.
A couple of shortcuts cut out 2.4 km (1.5 mi) and 2.6 km (1.6 mi) respectively.
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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 Bell is featured in all the 'serious' guides and has won numerous industry awards. Consequently, the restaurant area is often fully booked well in advance. The bar area operates on a first-come-first-serve basis though, but serves a different menu.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk