Also known as the London Outer Orbital Path, this walk takes you on a tour of the parks, woods and fields around the edge of Outer London. You start at Erith, on the River Thames and pass through Crayford, Orpington, Petts Wood, Coulsdon, Kingston upon Thames, Uxbridge, Elstree, Cockfosters, Chingford, Epping Forest, Upminster and Rainham Marshes RSPB before finishing back on the River Thames at Purfleet, opposite Erith.
The walk has been divided into 24 manageable sections as follows:
West Wickham Common
On the way you'll also pass numerous parks, common land and open spaces such as High Elms Country Park in Orpington, Hayes Common, Stanmore Common, Harrow Weald Common and Nonsuch Park. The walk is waymarked with a disc featuring a kestrel.
London Loop Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
London Loop Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
London Loop OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
London Loop Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the walk stop at the Fox Inn in Bromley for refreshments (postcode: BR2 6BQ). The pub sits next to Keston Common and includes a nice large beer garden to relax in during the summer months here.
At Addington Hills we recommend The Surprise Inn located a short distance from the park on Upper Shirley Rd, Croydon. It's a very nice pub/restaurant with a great menu and a nice outdoor seating area. You can find it at postcode CR0 5HF for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
For more walking ideas in and around the capital see the London Walks page.