Winter walks to Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall Winter Sky

There are miles of beautiful countryside that are just on London’s doorstep. Step outside, enjoy the fresh air and embrace the New Year with 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 our Community Gardens and refreshments in the Stables Café. You can then hop on the C2C train line (from Rainham Station) back into London or take a bus back up towards Upminster.

Last winter our team planted up a new Winter Border. The plants in this bed look great through the frosty months, but they have a duel purpose as many are edible too. For example, the Heuchera 'Purple Palace' adds a strong splash of colour to the garden, but in Spring new edible leaves will emerge.

Winter is also the perfect time to see the beautiful structure of our ancient Mulberry tree, which has split down the middle and then rejuvenated itself into 8 new trees.

After your walk why not warm up with one of our delicious seasonal soups and a cinnamon latte? Or visit the Hall (open Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am-4pm) to see our current exhibition before 31 December. We'll be decorating for a 1950s Christmas through December.

Please note the Hall will be closed 24-27 December, and then from 1 January until 25 May 2019 while we undertake essential conservation works and install our new exhibition, so you may see us waxing the floors or doing a spot of dusting when you visit.