Walking the River Rom

My walk along the River Rom started on the edge of Hainault Forest following a section of the London Loop to our first sighting of the Rom near Carter Lane. This is where I’d initially encountered the Rom, on walks over Dog Kennel Hill, and up the avenue of Redwoods to Havering-atte-Bower. I’d wondered about its course, suspecting its passage to the Thames would not be an easy one as it traversed Romford and industrial Dagenham.
We pass through the streets that lead to Collier Row and down North Street to Romford Town Centre and Romford Market. Leaving the town centre we follow the Rom through a series of parks, Grenfell and The Chase where it becomes the boundary between the London Boroughs of Havering and Barking and Dagenham. In its lower reaches the Rom becomes the Beam River before it runs through the site of the Ford motor works at Dagenham.

London’s Peaks podcast 
London Loop videos 
Hainault Forest video 
Havering-atte-Bower video
The Golden Lion Romford 

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  1. chriss(christine)   •  

    I LOVED this walk! I love English history and am learning soo much. One thing that amazed me was how much water there is in and around London!
    I enjoyed your book very much and now an reading Underground London. I don’t know why hidden doors and stairs to nowhere just fascinate me! Also reading The Lost Apothecary.
    Glad I can watch these videos and never stop saying,See you on the next walk,where ever that might be!!!

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