WalthamstowLoughton

Waltlou two
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By Derick Rethans on 26 Mar 2022


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12km/7mi

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Description

The same idea as WaltLou1, but accurate enough to actually follow and not end up in a stream

The same idea as WaltLou1, but accurate enough to actually follow and not end up in a stream

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This route has been reviewed by 5 people.

This route has been flagged (1 times) for reasons relating to access.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 5

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (4) Maybe (1)

Problems reported -  Access (1)

Downloads - 7

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Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Maybe present Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Maybe present Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 60.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 33.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 20.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 7.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unsigned (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

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Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

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25.0% of the route is on roads (1)

24.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

24.0% of the route is paved (1)

20.0% of the route is muddy (1)

30.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

15.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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Start and end points

Walthamstow
Grid Ref TQ3715389022
Lat / Lon 51.58338° / -0.02182°
Easting / Northing 537,153E / 189,022N
What3Words flats.vast.porch
Loughton
Grid Ref TQ4229795657
Lat / Lon 51.64172° / 0.05507°
Easting / Northing 542,297E / 195,657N
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reviews


Slow Ways Darren

12 Jan 2023 Winter

In the depths of Winter this was quite a muddy route, although it wasn't ever very deep. There is a nice café on route at Higham's Park boating lake. It is very well served by public transport at both ends. I'd recommend giving this a go as it is a surprisingly tranquil green walk with lots of nature on the fringes of London. We got a bit lost by the allotments at Forest Road but I think this route Waltlou two skirts them to the South.


Liz R

29 Aug 2022 Summer

This is a good route which is straightforward to follow. The southern half of the route is signposted with wooden signs and white posts.
The route intersects with the London Loop near Loughton and that is also well waymarked. It is enjoyable to walk. Most of it is through green spaces with well trodden paths. When I walked it we had had a long period without rain, so most of it was firm and dry. However boots would be essential in wetter weather.

It is best to go with adequate supplies, although there are several places you can usually obtain refreshments on route in good weather including the Humphrey's Cafe at The Highams Park, clearly signposted and visible just off the route. Supplies are easy to obtain at both Loughton, where there is a large supermarket near the station and at Woodstreet and Walthamstow Central, for those on longer journeys who need to restock.

The route intersects with, or passes near to public transport regularly.

Most of the route is popular with local cyclists in good weather, but presents a challenge in wetter conditions. The footbridge over the central line near Loughton is step access only and so if cycling it requires a diversion along the main road to Loughton.


John Scott

20 Aug 2022 Summer

I walked from Loughton to Walthamstow using the OS app on my phone. I wandered off the route on one or two occasions but easily found my way back - in places, there are intersecting paths. It was a pleasure to bump into the London Loop on occasion.

A very enjoyable and varied route on a summer's day. The start is easily accessible by public transport, namely the Central Line. There were walkers and cyclists enjoying the route.

There are stiles, kissing gates and a foot bridge over a railway line. Some elevation but nothing hectic. The route is safe so eg road crossings are minimal, there are no major roads to cross and the map is very accurate.

There is not much by way of facilities along the way so go prepared.

Walthamstow has excellent transport connections, a range of facilities and some great record stores.


Strider

15 Jun 2022 Spring

I walked from Walthamstow to Loughton.
Even in the middle of June on a sunny day there are still a few patches of mud, but not enough to spoil a lovely route through green spaces. The mud has left hard rutted uneven ground with roots, steep (33%) in places, so care should be taken. Popular with mountain bikers but difficult for wheel chairs.
From the shopping centre and through 'quaint Walthamstow' to Wood Street station past suburban roads to the beginning of a green thread which takes you to Epping Forest. First follow fingerposts to 'Lake' along wooded and open paths. There is a café by the Lake (but was closed on this Sunday). Then follow finger posts to Whitehall Plains. This takes varied paths through woods past golf greens and open spaces , very nice. You pick up the London Loop for a while before walking along residential roads close to Loughton. There are passages to bring you to Loughton station. The Snack bar in the station provided free sandwiches to this weary traveler (she was closing) and is well worth a visit.
A varied walk avoiding roads and traffic well, with a variety of green natural settings, lovely.

  • Daisy C

    Daisy C

    29 Jan 2024

    Hi Strider, I've created a new WalChi route which overlaps both WaltLou 2 and with your ChiRom 2 route. You've already walked more than half of it! There's lots of public transport around, bus stops within touching distance of both junctions. I thought about making a new IlfChi that would join at Claybury Park which would make a testing a chain of new routes even more efficient, but obviously there's plenty of routes in the area that need a little love. Cheers, Daisy

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Derick Rethans

26 Mar 2022 Spring

Overall a good route that I walked from Loughton to Walthamstow. But very very muddy in places, which definitely slowed me down as I needed to back track a lot. It starts off by leaving Loughton along some streets, and intersection with the LOOP. But then soon it turns into mud season following the river Ching and through Whitehall Plain. The section around Higham Park was very pleasant again, and a lot easier to walk. Around the North Cicular, it was more mud until arriving on the outskirts of (Upper) Walthamstow. From there on there was pleasant enough street walking.

  • Ken

    Ken

    26 Mar 2022

    Hello Derick, thanks for sorting this out. I'm not local so generally the route followed the diamonds on the OS map, shame to hear they are not reliable. I've had a walk in Derbyshire today and the ground is drying out very well up here.

  • Daisy C

    Daisy C

    29 Jan 2024

    Hello Derick, I've created a new WalChi route which overlaps your WaltLou 2 route. The junction is near a bus stop and not far from stations so it'd be fairly easy to start from there. There are plenty of unverified routes in the area still to do. Daisy

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