GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

River Roding Walk

6 miles (9 km)

This cycling and walking route follows the River Roding from Roding Valley station to Ilford in Greater London. It's a nice trail on mainly traffic free paths so it is suitable for anyone looking for an easy cycle ride or pleasant stroll.
The route starts at Roding Valley station in Buckhurst Hill just west of Chigwell. The start point is close to the lovely Roding Valley Meadows nature reserve which is well worth a visit. The trail heads south past Woodford, Charlie Brown's Roundabout, Redbridge and Wanstead Park before finishing in Ilford. If you're on foot then Wanstead Park is a great place for a stroll. The river runs past the eastern side of the park which also includes a Heron pond and an Ornamental canal.The 140 acre park also has the splendid Chestnut Trail to try.
There's lots more to see in the area if you would like to extend your outing. The Epping Forest Centenary Walk can be picked up on Wanstead Flats near the end of the route.
Knighton Wood at the start of the route has the circular Rowan Trail to follow through the popular rhododendron wood.

River Roding OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

River Roding Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

In Ilford you could head to Valentines Park to extend your exercise. The lovely park includes a series of lakes, a 17th century mansion and beautiful gardens. In 2012 the park was voted the 6th favourite park in the country. The lakeside trails at Fairlop Waters Country Park are also located near here.
The circular walk from Loughton vists the nature reserve from the nearby town's London Underground station. It's an attractive place worthy of exploration with dozens of historic listed buildings and three conservation areas.The route also visits Hainault Forest Country Park and part of Epping Forest.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks and Essex Walks pages.


River Roding in Roding Valley Meadows 1

River Roding in Roding Valley Meadows

Tranquil River Roding - - 952743

Tranquil River Roding

River Roding in Ilford - - 361558

River Roding in Ilford. Viewed looking upstream from the Ilford Hill road bridge, which is at the NTL (normal tidal limit) of the Roding.

Roding Valley Meadows - - 1319931

Roding Valley Meadows 165 acres of the Roding Valley is owned by the local council but managed by Essex Wildlife Trust. The reserve has woodland and traditionally managed hay meadows.

River Roding near Loughton - - 3947611

Spring view of the River Roding near Loughton. A nice view in April with pretty flowers and the trees beginning to show.

Boating lake, Buckhurst Hill - - 92821

Boating lake, Buckhurst Hill. Former gravel pit now a popular recreational area. Looking north, with the River Roding, flowing north to south, about 100 metres on the right.

Trees on the banks of the Roding, Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve - - 4203433

Trees on the banks of the Roding, Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve

River Roding and the former Great Eastern Railway viaduct - - 2389754

River Roding and the former Great Eastern Railway viaduct near Buckhurst Hill.


GPS Files

GPX File

River Roding.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

River Roding.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)