GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

London Loop

149 miles (240 km)

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:
Old Bexley
Petts Wood
West Wickham Common
Hamsey Green
Coulsdon South
Banstead Downs
Kingston Bridge
Hatton Cross
Moor Park
Hatch End
Enfield Lock
Harold Wood
Upminster Bridge

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 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.


View From Addington Hills (2) - - 1357469

To the right of picture are the offices at Canary Wharf, some 9 miles away. Towards the left of picture, the tops of the offices in the City of London can just be seen above the skyline; also 9 miles away. On the extreme left of picture is one of the television transmitters at Crystal Palace, a mere 4 miles away.

Gardens at High Elms Country Park-17069243122

Gardens at High Elms Country Park

Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, Surrey - - 32984

Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, Surrey. Parts of the present mansion date from the 18th century but the greater part, including the south front and the state rooms, were built 1802 - 6 for Samuel Farmer. The architect was Jeffey Wyatt (later Sir Jeffery Wyattville) who also worked on Windsor Castle.

Banstead Downs 1

Banstead Downs

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge - - 30289

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, Chingford. This Grade II listedformer hunting lodge, is now a museum, on the edge ofEpping Forest. It was built in 1543 for King Henry VIII and now provides an insight into the Tudor history of the forest. It's well worth exploring with the additonal bonus of some lovely views over the forest from the top floor of the building.

New River Loop, Enfield - - 1033360

New River Loop, Enfield. Looking towards Trinity Church, as seen from the bridge at River View.

Grand Union Canal in South Harefield - - 522529

Grand Union Canal in South Harefield. This is the Broad Water reach of the canal, upstream of Wide Water lock. The towpath forms part of the London Loop and is also the route of National Cycle Network 61.

Oxhey Woods, London Loop long distance walk - - 1375416

Oxhey Woods section of thetrail. This footpath through Oxhey Woods is in Section 14 between Moor Park and Hatch End. It is marked with solid red diamonds on the Ordnance Survey's 1:50,000 scale mapping and by solid green ones on the 1:25,000 scale.