From Rainham the route is along roads until you reach the River Thames. Take a moment to enjoy the views before turning left to follow the gravel path. Across the river the wharf of Erith can easily be seen and this is where Section 1 of the London LOOP begins.
5.5 miles ( 9 km)
Rainham station (GR 521-820)
Purfleet station (GR 554-781) - see text
Northwest to southeast
Almost entirely level, with one or two short gentle slopes. Mostly hard surface, some on grass. No stiles, some high steps. 2.6km (1.6 miles) beside roads
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Pubs and cafés at Rainham and Purfleet (but no public toilets), café and toilets at the RSPB Visitor Centre
Rail/buses: Rainham, Purfleet
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Havering Riverside Path
Explorer 162 (route marked)
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