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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Guided Walk – Wooded Hills to Ingrebourne Valley
May 28 @ 9:45 am - 3:30 pmFree
This walk is part of the Land of the Fanns ‘Community Mapping – 100 Stories project’ led by Kinetika, which, with local communities, will identify and celebrate 100 stories gathered in response to the Land of the Fanns landscape areas, and make 100 silk flags using Kinetika’s batik silk painting process. The project will culminate in a 100 Stories Walking/Arts festival in Summer 2020.
The walk route has been devised by local volunteers to inspire stories, memories and responses and during the walk we invite you to do any or all of the following
- Enjoy the walk, meet people, connect with Land of the Fanns and get to know the area if you are new to it
- Think about your personal connections to the landscape en route
- Share stories about the area
- Capture stories or themes through informal writing and drawing activities
- Record the experience through taking photos on smart phones or cameras
To book your place on this walk, please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/1-wooded-hills-to-ingrebourne-valley-tickets-61683647450
The walk starts at Bedfords Park Visitor Centre where there will be an introduction to the Community Mapping project by Kinetika. The walk then begins with a tour of the Bedfords Park Walled Garden with Lois Amos (Secretary, Friends of Bedfords Park), then joins the London Loop at Havering-atte-Bower where spectacular views across London can be seen.
Passing The Bear Pub the route continues to Dagnam Park, or The Manor, as it is locally known. This site covers 345 acres of open fields, scrubland and forests and 25 ponds, a large herd of deer and the remains of the demolished Dagnam’s Manor House. After stopping here for a picnic lunch the walk then continues south towards Pages Wood, passing through Harold Court Woods. Here Simon Elgar (Forestry England) will give a tour of Pages Wood including the new woodland and wetland nature trail which follows the Ingrebourne River. The walk will finish with a summary from Kinetika at Harold Wood Cricket Club.
- Registration for walk: 9:45 am
- Walk starts: 10:00am
- Meet: Bedfords Park Visitor Centre
- Walk ends: 3:30 pm
- Ends: Harold Wood Cricket Club
- Duration: 5.5 hours. (Walking for 3-4 hours)
- Distance: 7.5 miles
- Grading: Moderate
- Walk leaders: Ian Seabrook.
- Bedfords Park: Lois Amos, Pages Wood: Simon Elgar
Free Parking at Bedfords Park, Pages Wood and Harold Wood Park
Train station at the start: Romford (RM1 1TU), Gidea Park (RM2 6BX) or Harold Wood (RM3 0DA) approximately 3 mile walk to Bedfords Park.
The nearest train station at the end of the walk: Harold Wood (RM3 0DA) approximately 0.7 mile walk from Harold Wood Cricket Club.
375 from Romford to Havering atte Bower; 256 between Harold Hill and Hornchurch via Harold Wood; 294 between Havering Park and Harold Hill via Romford, Gidea Park and Harold Wood
These walks are of different lengths and on different terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and other mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs.
About the Land of the Fanns Community Mapping Project: 100 Stories
The 100 Stories programme will work with local communities and individuals of all ages across the Land of the Fanns area to identify and celebrate 100 stories gathered in response to the Land of the Fanns landscape areas, and make 100 silk flags using Kinetika’s batik silk painting process. The project will culminate in a 100 Stories Walking/Arts festival in Summer 2020. Alongside the community mapping and arts festival will be a creative skills training programme including interpreting the landscape through art, creative writing, filming, photography and walk leader training.