The London Loop is a 140-mile walking path that encircles London. Described as the 'walker's M25', it cuts through historic greenbelt, ancient villages and modern suburbs, all within 30 minutes reach of Zone 1. We twice-blessed Londoners can live in one of the world's cultural capitals while enjoying the natural and landscaped surroundings on our very doorsteps. So, as spring arrives, we embark on a year-long mission to walk right around the capital via the London Loop. A bit like what Iain Sinclair did, only with more pictures, a Google Map and no complex prose to wade through.
To start, we're heading north to Enfield Lock. The Loop runs eastward, through the ancient village of Sewardstone (now mostly garden centres), through Epping Forest to Chingford, and thence on to Buckhurst Hill and the Roding Valley, finishing at Chigwell; a journey of nearly 9 miles.
We're going to let the pictures (and their captions) do the talking, as no written account could do these walks justice. Better yet, get the guide or download individual sections, and get walking. There's so much more to London than even we thought.