Summer walks to Rainham Hall

There are miles of beautiful countryside that are just on London’s doorstep. Step outside, enjoy the fresh air and enjoy Summer time on a walk to Rainham Hall.

Follow the London Loop [23] which starts at Upminster Bridge Station, along the Ingrebourne River and down to Rainham Village. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the views on this 4 mile walk. You can take a rest stop at the Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre before continuing your journey.

The walk ends at Rainham Hall where you can enjoy three acres of Community Gardens and refreshments in the Stables Café. We serve light lunches, cold drinks, teas and coffees, and ice creams. The Hall is open Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm and normal admission applies. Visit for a wonderful exhibition about the era when the Hall and gardens were used as a nursery for local children from 1943 to 1954. The Café and Gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm and entry is free.

We are also relatively close to Rainham Marshes RSPB Nature Reserve. Rainham Marshes is a haven for all kinds of wildlife - birds, water voles, dragonflies and more. Enjoy an adventure into nature, whether you explore this medieval landscape on foot or by bike. You could walk over from/to the reserve which would take about 40 minutes, or rent one of their bikes. 

After your visit you can hop on the C2C line back into London or take a bus back up towards Upminster. Or, if you are interested in continuing your walk, you can follow the last part of the loop [24] and follow the path along the Thames and through the marshes to the RSBP Rainham Marshes visitor centre.

If you would like any more information about walks around London, or finding your way to Rainham Hall, then head to the Transport for London Website.

London Loop section 23 (PDF / 1.6MB) download

London Loop section 24 (PDF / 1.6MB) download

The gardens at Rainham Hall

Explore the Gardens

The nearly three acre Gardens at Rainham Hall provides an oasis of urban green space for visitors to enjoy for free all year round.

A lunch on a plate of sandwich, salad and crisps

The Stables Cafe at Rainham Hall

Stop by the Stables Café to enjoy a selection of drinks, cakes, and freshly made snacks and light lunches in the beautiful surroundings of Rainham Hall and Gardens.

A yellow dragonfly in the Rainham Hall gardens

Wildlife in the Rainham Hall gardens

Our community gardens are a haven for wildlife including butterflies and birds. Visit to see what we're doing to encourage biodiversity.