South Ockendon Village Green to Purfleet-on-Thames

Walk 32: Thursday 29th July 2021

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Distance: 13 miles

Visiting rewilded lands in Belhus before crossing the London boundary at Hornchurch Country Park. From here, we follow the London Loop through Rainham and beside the Thames.

This nature-filled walk via Little Belhus Country Park revisits the insect habitat mandala created during T100 2020 to see it in full bloom. Taking inspiration from growing wild flowers on brownfield sites we will imagine the future of this landscape that has been transformed from landfill and how it encourages us to think differently about the future of Thurrock.

This walk will join the T100 Dreaming festival at the start, and then separate when the T100 walkers return to Ockendon Town.

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Walk Guidelines

There are two official meeting locations per day; at the start and near the mid-point. If you only wish to walk your one-mile stretch and join the walking party as it comes through your section, you can specify to meet ‘at my mile’ on the booking form. If you are meeting ‘at my mile’, please understand it is difficult for us to specify the exact time the main walking party will arrive. To help you estimate this, use the scheduled times below and add 30 mins per mile to get to your mile. We are using a walking speed of 2 miles an hour as a guide.

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Please arrive on time.

  • Start point 10.45AM: (Miles 463 – 468) The Green, opposite St Nicholas The Green, South Ockendon RM15 6SD
  • 11am: Walk Begins and heads to Little Belhus Country Park
  • Mid point 1:30PM: (Miles 469 – 475) Hornchurch Car Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch RM12 6TS
  • End point 4:30 – 5PM: Rainham Marshes Visitor Centre, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet RM19 1SZ

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Route: Walk 32

The pink route line is the T100 festival walk

 Please note: The routes and mile markers were mapped in February. It is possible that some changes will be needed before the walk itself takes place, for example because of temporary path closures, weather events, and tidal conditions. If there are changes, we will walk an alternative route that is as close as possible to the planned route, and keep the mile markers as close to the originals too. If route lines appear to stray off public rights of way, this will not happen in reality and route lines will be adjusted as more accurate information from walk leaders is available. ‘Miles’ at the start and end of days may be slightly more or less than one mile.
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