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SWC Walk 114 Laindon Circular

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Marks Hill Nature Reserve, Path (I)

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But Why? Tree in Westley Heights Park

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Woolmarket, Horndon-on-the-Hill

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Undulating Field and Lincewood

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Yellow fields

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Laindon Circular walk

Essex Hills, wooded Nature Reserves and panoramic Thames Valley Views

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Wed, 18-May-16

Midweek Day Walk - Laindon circular

Laindon Circular

A gentle walk through the Essex countryside with lunch at Hordon-on-the-Hill

Book 3* Walk 114

* online only

Length : The full walk is 21 km or 13 miles - with both short cuts 15 km or 9½ miles.

Toughness : 4/5/6 out of 10 ( 2 shortcuts / 1 shortcut / the full monty )

Getting there : Catch the 10:19 am train from London Fenchurch Street to Laindon

Calling stations are:
  • Limehouse 10:23
  • West Ham 10:28
  • Barking 10:33
  • Upminster 10:41


Meeting point : Laindon Station at 10:49

Tickets : Buy a Cheap Day Return to Laindon

Brief Description

The RMT strike on Southern Railways is going ahead, seriously disrupting services between London and Brighton. Hence this had led to the cancellation of the Hassocks to Upper Beeding walk that I posted for this day. (This may be slightly fortuitous as the weather forecast in that neck of the woods is for heavy showers.)
So, in its place, here's a fairly easy walk not too far from the metropolitan sprawl in an apparently surprisingly scenic part of Essex with a gastro Pub as one lunch option.
The walk has been thoroughly revised and updated by our ever enthusiastic Thomas and it now includes two additional sections extending the walk about 6 km. You may omit both extensions, roughly following the original route or alternatively just one or the other.
Full details of the walk are here and a Kindle/PDF download here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Bell Inn High Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill, SS17 8LD. t: 01375 642463 (The "Gastro" Pub)
The Swan 121 High Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill, SS17 8LD. t: 01375 640617

Possible Tea stops

Langdon Visitor Centre Dunton Plotlands, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, SS16 6EB. t: 01268 419103 (If you're not doing the afternoon short-cut)
The Four Seasons Victoria Road, Laindon SS15 6AW

Map

OS Explorer : 175

Return train times

Four trains an hour return from Laindon to Fenchurch Street, journey time is about 30 minutes
Thanks AD, who is going on this walk ?
Shoreham is wetter than Laindon tomorrow anyway. Sadly a bit of a mission for me to get to Essex but have a good time.
i'm working today so not going and the weather forecast is really no better although Essex is classified in met terms as arid! Never seems that way when I lived there for 26years unless around the Beth Chatto garden.
Sat, 07-Nov-15 9

Saturday Third Walk - Fully Revised: Wooded Hills, Nature Reserves and panoramic Thames Valley Views


SWC Walk 114 – Laindon Circular
Length: 20.8 km (12.9 mi) [shortcuts possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 370 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ¾ hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10
First posting of this new version of a former map-lead walk, which has now been enlarged and fully written up. We will take the opportunity to check the walk directions.

Take the 09.30 Shoeburyness train from Fenchurch Street (5 mins walk from Tower Hill or Aldgate tubes, 10 mins from Bank or L'pool Street), arriving Laindon at 09.59
On route the train calls: West Ham at 09.38 (DLR, Jubilee, H’smith & City and District Lines), Barking at 09.43 (Overground, H’smith & City and District Lines) and Upminster at 09.51 (District Line). Return trains: XX.05, XX.19, XX.35 and XX.49 hours (34-37 minutes journey time)
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 through the Dunton Plotlands part of the Nature Reserve, an interesting area formerly full of bungalows and chalets for Londoners.

The recommended lunch pub is the award-winning The Bell Inn (10.4 km/6.5 mi), an alternative is the Swan Inn next door. The bar area at The Bell Inn operates on a first-come-first-serve basis, so fast walkers should have no problem finding a place there. But to be sure of seats for the slow and medium paced walkers, a table has been booked in the restaurant area. For tea the Langdon Nature Reserve Visitor Centre is passed 3.1 km from the end of the walk.
For walk directions, map, height profile, gpx/kml files and some photos click here.
Two Shortcuts are possible: they reduce the walk by 2.4 km or by 2.7 km respectively and the rating to 5/10;
or to 4/10 when walking both Shortcuts (resulting in a 15.7 km/300m height gain-walk).
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Hello everyone, Can someone who is coming meet me at Laindon? I am coming with the train, my first time and would be good to join someone who knows the route.

Thank you,
Marti
The group will be obvious when you get off the train (if not before! Look for a bunch of walkers while on the train, if you like).

Otherwise you will see them easily on the platform on arrival at Laindon and I am sure they will make you very welcome. At least one person (see previous comment) has already said they are going, and it sounds like the walk poster is going too. And I am sure there will be others.

So don't worry: it all works.
Now I might do that walk on Saturday. But I can't Guarantee I will.
thanks all. very much look forward to it.
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warm and damp until lunch then a brighter afternoon

Despite being a little soggy it was a lovely morning meandering through pretty woods and fields.

Lunch was a delicious restaurant quality affair at the well renowned Bell Inn at Horndon on the Hill. Service was a little on the slow side but the food was well worth the wait and it also gave a chance for the rain to pass!

The weather brightened up throughout the afternoon, so we were able to enjoy the stunning views across the London skyline. Afternoon tea and cake was devoured at the Langdon visitor centre before a quick jaunt around the Plotlands and back to the station with plenty of time for a couple of beers back in London.

A lovely (slightly soggy) day.



Wed, 30-Sep-15 13

Midweek day walk -Laindon Circular

Laindon Circular

A gentle walk through the Essex countryside with lunch at Hordon-on-the-Hill

Book 3* Walk 114

* Online only

Length : 13.5 km or 8.5 miles

Toughness : 2 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:10 am train from London Fenchurch Street to Laindon

Calling stations are:

  • Limehouse 10:14
  • West Ham 10:19
  • Barking 10:25
  • Upminster 10:34


Meeting point : Laindon Station at 10:44

Tickets : Buy a Cheap Day Return to Laindon

Brief Description

An easy walk not far from the metropolitan sprawl in an apparently surprisingly scenic part of Essex, you may find full details here and a Kindle download here

Suggested Lunch stop

The Bell Inn t: 01375 642463

Possible Tea stop

The Four Seasons

Another option may be to travel back to Fenchurch Street and take tea in one of the many cafés near to the station.

Map

OS Explorer : 175

Return train times

Four trains an hour return from Laindon to Fenchurch Street, journey time is about 30 minutes

anyone done this walk? tell all pls
It is a mice walk, worth doing. First and last quarter are very un Essex y, gentle hills and varied landscape. Before and after lunch some big arable field and pylon country but a gorgeous lunch pub, a real highlight (leastways, it was two or three years ago. Minimal to no tea options. Late tea at Fenchurch Street perhaps?
Hoping to attend but have gone a little weak after having flu.
jfk
13 sunny with a breeze
11 off the posted train, 2 off an earlier one, who then took "shortcuts", yet got to the pub after the main group...? Nice walk, good views into the Thames Valley and later back to London, mercifully dry and therefore easily walkable arable fields, a scattering of fine woods and rolling hills, and a superb lunch pub (Michelin recommended, therefore near full).
The directions largely held up despite being only skeletal and a few years old, bar the odd change in fencing, gates, field shapes, re aligned right of ways, overgrown paths etc.
2 walkers explored a potential variation near the end to Dunton Plotlands NR (incl. a fine info centre with refreshments). More alterations are possible in the morning part to integrate more of the woods and Nature Reserves in the area. Expect a re write of the walk sometime soon...
Towards the end of the walk there is a nice variation to the main route and I'll wtite something in the walk comments.
Thanks for your walk reports guys. Sadly i was unable to join you due to an injured knee which requires a rest from hills and climbing stiles. Pulled ligaments. It would be good to have the walk directions written up in Club format which I could walk check in due course with walking friend who lives in Essex.
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