Woodford to Roding Valley
Woodford has entrances on both the east and west side of the train track. As I’m walking clockwise around the Central line loop today I exited via the east side Snakes Lane exit.
I then headed up Hillside Avenue which is a long road with loads of cul-de-sacs on either side.
At the end of Hillside Avenue I go into Cherry Tree Rise and arrive at Roding Valley tube station. This is the first station I’ve seen where you can step through the entrance and be directly on the platform. You can see from the photo that there are no ticket barriers, ticket halls, or corridors on the way to the platform.
Roding Valley to Chigwell
At the end of Cherry Tree Rise I get to some sports fields. I know that across these fields lies Luxborough Lane which if it is passable would give me the shortest route over the M11. If I can’t use this route then I will have to take a much longer detour.
At the end of the field I spot the bridge that leads to Luxborough Lane. I could have just climbed straight down to the bridge but I decided to head south to find a less steep way of getting down to the footpath and bridge.
I cross the River Roding and start walking along the Lane, going over the M11.
The lane doesn’t have any footpath but there aren’t very many cars so I was able to get along it on foot.
When I reached the end of Luxbourgh Lane I turned right onto Chigwell High Road.
Chigwell is a very affluent area and residents have included Sir Alan Sugar and countless footballers. The BBC sitcom Birds of a Feather was set in this area.
On Chigwell High Road is Chigwell tube station.
Chigwell to Grange Hill
I walk along station road and then head south down Hainault Road.
I then walk along Manor Road where I find Grange Hill tube station.
Grange Hill to Hainault
The next part of the route is along Manford Way and Chestnut Grove.
On New North Road I get to Hainault tube station.
Hainault to Fairlop
After getting to the end of New North Road I turn left into Fencepiece Road.
Some way down Fencepiece Road I walk along Forest Road and reach Fairlop underground station.
Fairlop to Barkingside
Walking along Craven Gardens I pass an unusual looking library and a church that looks a bit like a castle.
Near the end of Craven Gardens is Barkingside tube station.
Barkingside to Newbury Park
I walk down Horns Road towards Newbury Park. At the end of Horns Road the houses change into commercial warehouses.
On Eastern Avenue I pass a war memorial and then reach Newbury Park tube station. The copper covered barrel roof over the station has won a Festival of Britain award in 1951.
Newbury Park to Gants Hill
Eastern Avenue leads all the way to Gants Hill station. Along the way I pass this shop with the most vague description of its opening hours that I’ve ever seen.
The Gants Hill tube station is at a major junction on Eastern Avenue.
Gants Hill to Redbridge
My walk continues straight along Eastern Avenue.
Near to where Eastern Avenue crosses the North Circular I get to Redbridge.
Redbridge to Wanstead
I pass under a subway and go under the North Circular.
I pass a pumping station and then walk along some smaller roads before reaching Wanstead tube station.
Wanstead to Leytonstone
After heading south down Draycot Road I turn west when I get to Wanstead Golf Course and walk along Overton Drive.
On Bush Road I pass a Quaker Meeting House. From here it is only a short distance before I get to Leytonstone tube station.
Central Line Walk – Day 3 Summary
This section of the walk took close to five hours of walking to complete.