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Named discs with hovering kestrel and ring motifLondon Loop

Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Gtr London, Surrey

233 km / 145 miles
A route introduced by the London Walking Forum which is a group comprising among others, representatives from all London Boroughs, it provides a green ring route around London generally towards the outer edges of the suburbs or in countryside.

Starting at the Thames at Erith and finishing on the opposite north bank at Coldharbour, the Loop (London Outer Orbital Path) passes through numerous woods, commons and parks and on waterside paths alongside the Grand Union Canal and London rivers such as the Colne, Crane, Cray, Darent and Ingrebourne.

The Thames Path National Trail is crossed at Kingston upon Thames and many other paths, including the Vanguard Way, Three Forests Way and Hillingdon Trail, are met along the route.

The Dollis Valley Greenwalk (10 miles and included on OS mapping) provides a link between the London Loop and the Capital Ring. The waymarked Watling Chase Timberland Trail (10 miles) from Elstree to near Hatfield is coincident with the Loop at its start. From Hatfield there is a described link to St Albans, the Alban Way.


Waymark: Named discs with hovering kestrel and ring motif
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named discs with hovering kestrel and ring motif
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: TQ512781 - Coldharbour Point, Gtr London View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ554782 - Erith Riverside, Gtr London View on StreetMap
Web Sites: TfL - London Loop Inner London Ramblers - London Loop London Underfoot - London Loop [blog] Tim Bertuchi - London Loop [blog] Annierak - LOOP - London Outer Orbital Path [blog] Stephen and Lucy Dawson - London Loop [blog] Rambling Man - London Loop [blog] Backpack Artist - London LOOP [blog] A walker's journal - The London Outer Orbital Path [blog] Rambles & Brambles - London Loop [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook London LOOP  (Trailblazer  - 2021 )
Guidebook The London Loop : Recreational Path Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2017 )
Leaflet LOOP Walks South London 1-8  (Downlands Partnership  - 1999 )
External download London Loop Certificate  (Transport for London (TfL) ) Download


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 166, 167, 176, 177, 187
OS Landranger Active 166, 167, 176, 177, 187
OS Explorer 146, 147, 160, 161, 162, 172, 173, 174, 175
OS Explorer Active 146, 147, 160, 161, 162, 172, 173, 174, 175

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GPX Route File
London Loop GPX Exchange Format Route File
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London Loop Memory Map Route File
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Route Profile:

240.3 km (149.3 miles)
2,704 m (8,871 ft) ascent
177 m (581 ft)  maximum height

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