By Chris Guy posted on 21 Dec 2014 in Urban

We start at the end of my walk on 9th February and dusk over Ilford. I was heading towards the Pioneer Point Towers – a pair of tall (33 and 25 floors respectively) but skinny modern tower blocks in the centre of Ilford. These had been ever present on the horizon since I had wandered into Little Ilford Park a few hours earlier.

But first, the North Circular Road Flyover, looking moody in the winter sunshine.

The North Circular Road

The North Circular Road Flyover at Ilford

Pioneer Point Towers

Pioneer Point Towers, Ilford

Across the street from the shiny new Pioneer Point Towers is this rather charmingly old-school Sainsbury’s supermarket. It reminds me of the one in Debden, near Epping Forest.

Sainsbury’s Ilford

Sainsbury’s Supermarket Ilford

The light was now fading, an so for the end of my day I headed into Ilford centre and the station to catch a train home – without running on the stairs, obvs.

Ilford Town Centre

Ilford Town Centre

Ilford Station

Don’t break your leg at Ilford Station

The next time I got out to continue the walk was over a month later – a bright spring day at the end of March. I began by wandering through the backstreets of Ilford finding neat rows of suburban semis, a modern Cathotic Church, the Black Stag Archers Club and a Bentley Mulsanne.

Empress Avenue

Empress Avenue, Ilford

Highlands Gardens

Highlands Gardens, Ilford

St John the Baptist Catholic Church

St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ilford

Black Stag Archery Club

Black Stag Archery Club

Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley Mulsanne

Leaving Wanstead Park Road I walked up past Redbridge tube and stopped for a lunch at the Red House pub at the start of Roding Lane South.

Roding Lane South

Shop Parade on Roding Lane South

Roding Lane Free Church

Roding Lane Free Church

After admiring the shop fronts and rather quirky architecture of the Roding Lane Free Church, I walked down onto the Roding Valley Way and alongside the River Roding.

River Roding

The River Roding

North Circular Road

North Circular Road vs River Roding


Result of Youth Boredom

Further up the valley is the rather splendid Roding Lane South Pumping Station – built in the mid 19th century it is no longer in use, but the building itself is listed.

Pumping Station

Roding Valley Park Pumping Station


North Circular Underpass

Leaving the Roding Valley Park I head back onto Roding Lane South and walk through the industrial estate up towards the Southend Road and Charlie Brown’s Roundabout – where the North Circular and M11 intersect.

Roding Lane South

Mock-Tudor on Roding Lane South

Kilroy House

Kilroy House, Woodford Green

Southend Road

Southend Road (A1400)

Southend Road

Housing on Southend Road, Woodford

Unity Trading Estate

Red Phone Box, Unity Trading Estate

Charlie’s Brown’s Roundabout is named after the pub that once stood on the junction of the North Circular and Southend Road. The pub was run by the son of Charlie Brown – ‘the uncrowned king of Limehouse’.

Charlie Brown’s Roundabout

Beneath the flyovers at Charlie Brown’s Roundabout

Charlie Brown’s Roundabout

Charlie Brown’s Roundabout

From Charlie Brown’s it’s a short walk to the suburb of South Woodford and the tube home.

South Woodford

South Woodford from The Viaduct

South Woodford

South Woodford from The Viaduct

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