London Loop

The rain in Rainham

The London Loop Part 8: Upminster Bridge to Purfleet

The last section of my Loop walk north of the River Thames so I will have finished half of my circumnavigation just in time for Lockdown 2.0 !

This was not the most attractive walk, the first few kilometres walking through the country park once the sight of the famous Battle of Britain Station RAF Hornchurch was of course interesting but then the forecast rain started and the landscape became more industrial.

Type 22 Pillbox, a reminder of RAF Hornchurch

South of the Hornchurch the route passes by the High Speed Rain line at Rainham Station, before entering Rainham Marshes.

Rainham Station

The walk south crossing under the A13 is bleak on a wet October day, I’m sure if might be more attractive in the summer but soon you reach the banks of the Thames and the remaining 6 kilometres follows the riverside path.

The walk into Purfleet offer quite a good view of the Queen Elizabeth II bridge and passes the rather stylish RSPB centre at Coldharbour.

RSPB Centre

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