This walk was generously supported by HW Wilson Ltd, who celebrated 85 years in business in 2015.
This is a circular walk beginning and ending at the war memorial outside the Royal Oak pub in South Ockendon. The route includes the newly opened Little Belhus Park and the Little Belhus Elizabethan Lodge, as well as the Mardyke Woods, Davy Down and the Mardyke Way.
The full walk is around 10 miles long, and the timings from the original walk are below for your reference.
You don’t need to walk the full 10 miles if you don’t want to – there are a series of pick up/drop off points in green below. The main points are:
12.00 Set off from War Memorial, South Ockendon
12.30 Pass through Little Belhus Country Park – the latest country park to be developed.
13.45 Visit the thriving South Ockendon hub (3 miles)
14.30 Visit the Mardyke Woods and Davy Down, where you can see the pumping station, viaduct and sculptures.
16.15 Arrive at the Dog & Patridge pub, North Stifford (5 miles), for a refreshment stop.
17.30 Leave the Dog & Partridge to walk along the Mardyke Valley and past the historic South Ockendon Hall.
20.15 Arrive back at the War Memorial, South Ockendon.
Download the day’s schedule and map here:
The war memorial is a good meeting point.
West Road Pay & Display car park, South Ockendon.
Please download the map above for more detail on which parts of the route are most accessible. Blue routes have been identified as most likely to be suitable for wheelchairs users and buggies, taking into account the quality, gradient and availability of dropped kerbs on the path.
Whilst we endeavour to make all our walks as safe and enjoyable as possible, any walk attended is done so at your own risk. Due care has been exercised in organising the walks however Thurrock Council and associated sponsors accept no liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes.
You need to choose walks within your capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen.
Walk leaders will be at the start of the walk regardless of the weather. In the unlikely event of any unforeseen circumstances Thurrock Council and partners reserve the right to change or cancel a walk, please check the website regularly for any updates.
Equipment and Clothing
Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. We all know how unpredictable our weather is so bring waterproof clothing or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything! Walking boot are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear. Make sure you bring a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink. Some water top up points are provided en-route.
With grateful thanks to HW Wilson Ltd
This walk originally took place on Thursday 9 July.