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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Walthamstow and Chigwell.

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Is this route good enough? -  No (1)

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Grid Ref TQ3715389022
Lat / Lon 51.58338° / -0.02182°
Easting / Northing 537,153E / 189,022N
What3Words flats.vast.porch
Grid Ref TQ4370493045
Lat / Lon 51.61789° / 0.07432°
Easting / Northing 543,704E / 193,045N
What3Words dame.remark.rots

Walchi One's land is

Urban 93.6%
Woods 6.4%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



17 Jan 2022 Winter

Unfortunately this route is almost all on roads, except for two sections. The first, short section through Epping Forest is difficult to navigate with no obvious path taking the route shown, and for much of the year is very very muddy - wellies or similar boots are essential. There is a second longer section of off-road up the Roding Valley which is comparatively easy and a better path, but there's no escaping the fact that you're next to the M11 motorway. The final long stretch through Chigwell is on busy main roads. Overall I wouldn't particularly recommend this route. Although I haven't surveyed alternatives I would think it is possible to take a better route along back roads and possibly (in dryer weather or if you don't mind mud) making more use of Epping Forest.

  • Daisy C

    Daisy C

    29 Jan 2024

    Hello Rose. I read your review of WalChi 1 and decided to design a new route as you suggested, maybe you'd like to test it? It sticks to well used paths in Epping Forest, although I tried it out recently and certainly can't promise less mud. It also includes Claybury Park and approaches Chigwell from Grange Hill, the quietest approach into Chigwell I'm aware off. The road walking is quieter in general. There is still a section in Roding Valley Park by the M11 but it is shorter. Hopefully there will be more to see from the riverbank than the bike route and it will distract from the noise.

  • Daisy C

    Daisy C

    29 Jan 2024

    of, not off!

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