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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Chigwell and Romford.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Chigwell and Romford.

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Grid Ref TQ4370493045
Lat / Lon 51.61789° / 0.07432°
Easting / Northing 543,704E / 193,045N
What3Words dame.remark.rots
Grid Ref TQ5140488488
Lat / Lon 51.57493° / 0.18349°
Easting / Northing 551,404E / 188,488N
What3Words crib.tribal.trio

Chirom One's land is

Arable 21.6%
Other 3.1%
Pasture 13.4%
Urban 61.9%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



29 Jan 2023 Winter

I walked from Romford to Chigwell.
I agree with the previous reviewer, this is a lovely walk.

But I also agree the mapping is bad, and for me it was too bad, and made navigation difficult.
This route walks through houses, flies over busy roads, misses subways and goes through locked gates.
I have uploaded Chirom Two which is essentially the same but with the errors taken out, the road crossing points made clearer and a small improvement.

Carla Khouri

14 Apr 2022 Spring

A lovely walk that mixes residential areas with green space with options to go off the route for additional activities.
From Chigwell station the route takes you through a well-kept residential area past a church and then along a footpath through a small green. At the end of the green cross over the road using the footbridge (there is also a ramp).
The route then takes you through some quiet residential areas up to the main road (New North Road) close to Hainault station
You then go through some more residential areas before walking through the playing fields. This path brings you out onto the road by Fairlop Waters country park and activity centre. If time allows then this is a really good spot to explore. There’s a lovely lake, hiking trails, a natural play area for children and teens and a cafe/restaurant

Passing the entrance of Fairlop Waters, walk along the main road (Forest road) to the crossing point just after the roundabout - take care as it is a busy road. Walk along Hainault road until you get to the footpath sign (just before the Screwfix buildings) bear left through the gates into the field. This is the first point on the route where there isn’t a proper footpath and would be very difficult with a road bike, buggy or scooter especially if there has been rain. The route takes you through crop fields and you feel like you could be hundreds of miles from London but
on a clear day you can see the whole of the London skyline on the right hand side whilst walking through the fields. You can just about make it out in the photo.
Keep to the fence line for the second half of the section through the fields and then when you get to the end of the fence line don’t go right, instead walk along the track through the field to the left, walking parallel to the marked path to get to the road (as there isn’t a way through where the public right of way is marked on the map).
The route then takes you through another residential area which has a nice play park, outdoor gym and basketball court.
The route then takes you away from the residential area and through Warren Farm. This is used as a huge boot sale every Thursday from April to September(ish).
At the end of this path there is a crossing point on the A12 but take care when crossing as it’s a very busy road. Once you have crossed, walk along the A12 until you pick up the next footpath on the right hand side. This takes you through a field and out onto a residential area. The current plotted route goes directly through the houses so I just walked down Oak Street and then turned right onto Mawney road where I got back onto the plotted route on the final stretch towards Romford town centre. When you get to the end of Mawney road use the subway to safely cross under the road where it brings you out by the Trinity Methodist church. The route then takes you up to the historic market place (currently open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays), through the main shopping area and finally to the end point at Romford station.

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