This is a nice easy, family cycle ride or walk through the Ingrebourne Valley near Upminster. The route includes a stretch through Hornchurch Country Park with its ponds, lakes and pleasant scenery.
You will also visit Ingrebourne Hill which offers brilliant views across the Thames and a variety of wildlife.
Finally, there is a lovely stretch along the Ingrebourne River to enjoy, making for a peaceful, varied easy walk or ride.
Good access points are the stations at Upminster and Rainham.
The route is coincident with the London Loop which you can use to extend the walk if you have time.
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Ingrebourne Valley Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Upminster Circular Walk visits the valley and the country park from the nearby train station. It then goes onto Corbets Tey and Cranham.
Just east of Hornchurch there's also the noteworthy Belhus Woods Country Park where you'll find lakes, wildflower meadows and bluebell woodland.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks and London Walks pages.