Round London on foot

london loop walk

Round London on foot via the M25 for walkers

A few months ago we had a post on Rohantime from Alastair Humphreys telling us about his micro adventure a walk round the M25 in deepest winter.

I am very interested in the potential urban walking offers us to discover new hidden gems in our towns and cities. It struck me that Alastair’s winter journey would be a great micro adventure for summer. Not as harsh but full of interest. Round London on foot. I started to do some research and came across the details on the London Outer Orbital Path – 152 miles, some like to think of it as the ‘M25 for walkers’, although it rarely comes anywhere near the motorway. Weaving around the capital the LOOP is mainly on flat or gentle sloping surfaces. It almost completely encircles Greater London.

So I have put it on the to do list. Approx 150 miles – 10 days to take in the sites. Kit, well for me it has to be my Rohan Bags, a pair of Crossover Shorts, a couple of Basic T’s, a Microgrid Stowaway Zip and a Windshadow Jacket. All up weight 1280gms, adjusting for what I will actually be wearing that’s a weight on my back of approx. 795 gms. Plus a guidebook to the whole route, written by David Sharp published by Aurum Press. The Ordnance Survey is marking the London Loop route on its Explorer maps as new editions are published. The London LOOP’s logo, a flying kestrel, can be seen on the signs marking the route. I intend to begin at Erith on the south bank of the River Thames and passes clockwise through Crayford, Petts Wood, Coulsdon, Kingston upon Thames, Uxbridge, Elstree, Cockfosters, Chingford and Upminster Bridge before ending at Purfleet, almost directly across the Thames from its starting point. 

Please get in contact if you have done the walk use the comments box below for tips, must see & don’t bother with etc…

Sarah Howcroft

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