Rainham Marshes Ride
An easy ride from Upminster which shows just how many nature reserves and country parks there are in this near corner of Essex. We will start by riding down the Ingrebourne valley to the Thames near Rainham, and along the riverside path to the RSPB centre for early lunch after about 10 miles. Then there is the option to stay and look around the nature reserve (this is a good time of year to see many species as the over-wintering birds are here now) or to cycle on around a 10 mile loop including the Grays Graffiti wall, the Chafford Gorges (another nature reserve area) and Davy Down, returning to the RSPB for tea and cake. Then back to Upminster (10 miles).
Much of the route is traffic free, lots of it completely away from roads, some of it on cycle paths near roads, so it is very suitable for families with children. The section past the graffiti wall along the Thames on the 10 mile loop is a bit rough and has some steps. Help will be readily available for the latter if needed, but don't bring your best road bike on this one. There are several opportunities to leave early - you can get on a train back to London at Rainham or Purfleet - so the ride can be anywhere between 10 and 30 miles.
If you want to visit the RSPB reserve then admission is £2.50 for adult non-members (it's free to go into the visitor centre and cafe). The cheapest way to travel out and back will be with an Oystercard - Limehouse to Upminster is £1.30 each way with pay-as-you-go, or if you want to travel back from Purfleet that is £3.30 as it's out of the TfL zones.
Please be at Upminster station by 09.45 at the latest. That means catching the 09.14 train from Limehouse (09.10 from Fenchurch St or 09.19 from West Ham or 09.24 from Barking) Unfortunately there is no District Line service from Mile End that day, but it is running east from Bromley-by-Bow so you could start from there and change at West Ham or Barking - the 09.01 or 09.11 from there should get you to Upminster in time. Please note at Limehouse there is no lift to the platform - bikes must be carried up..
Originally scheduled for December 18th and cancelled due to very bad weather, hopefully we will be luckier this time!
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