Upminster Circular Walk
This East London town is located in a nice spot in the London Borough of Havering. There's nice trails to follow into the surrounding countryside, some local country parks and riverside paths to try. It's easily accessible from central london with a train station and tube station.
This circular walk explores the area around Upminster, visiting the Ingrebourne Valley, Hornchurch Country Park, Corbets Tey and Cranham.
The walk starts from Upminster station on the London-Tilbury-Southend Line and the London Underground. There's also Upminster Bridge tube station which is on the district line. From here you can head west through the town to pick up the London Loop. On this opening section you'll pass the Grade II listed Upminster Windmill which was built in 1803. Follow the London Loop south west and it will take you to Hornchurch Country Park. Features in the park include the River Ingrebourne, grassland, a fishing lake and woodland paths. The park is also a Local Nature Reserve with marshes containing the largest freshwater reed bed in London.
After exploring the park you then retrace your steps for about half a mile before following a footpath east towards Corbets Tey where there's the pretty Parklands Lake to see. The route then heads north east to follow trails to Cranham Marsh Nature Reserve and Cranham Hall.
Footpaths then take you north, skirting the edge of Cranham before turning west to link up with the London Loop around Strawberry Farm. You can then follow the path south west to cross the Ingrebourne River before returning to the tube/train station.
Upminster Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Upminster Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Upminster OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Upminster Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Jobbers Rest is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. They have a good menu and a lovely garden area to sit out in on finer days. You can find them on St. Marys Lane with a postcode of RM14 3LT for your sat navs.
The country trails and parkland walks make this a nice route to do with your dog. The Jobbers Rest mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
From Hornchurch Park you could head south along the London Loop to Rainham and then onto the River Thames at Rainham Marshes. You could then enjoy some riverside trails along the Thames and look out for a variety of birdlife in the popular reserve.
Just north east of the town there's Thorndon Country Park near Brentwood. Here you'll find miles of walking and cycling trails with an ancient deer park, grassland and three small lakes. Weald Country Park is also in Brentwood and has a lovely circular trail around a picturesque lake.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks page.