Red Phone Box, Unity Trading Estate

Charlie Brown’s

(from walks on 9 February & 29 March 2014)

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 Flyover at Ilford
The North Circular Road Flyover at Ilford
A wide-angle view of Pioneer Point Towers, Ilford
A wide-angle view of 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 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
Don’t break your leg at 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 an early (80s or 90s) Bentley Mulsanne.

Empress Avenue, Ilford
Empress Avenue, Ilford
Highlands Gardens, Ilford
Highlands Gardens, Ilford
St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ilford
St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ilford
Black Stag Archery Club
Black Stag Archery Club
An Early (80s or 90s) Bentley Mulsanne
An Early (80s or 90s) 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.

Shop Parade on 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.

The River Roding
The River Roding
North Circular Road vs River Roding
North Circular Road vs River Roding
Result of Youth Boredom
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.

Roding Valley Park Pumping Station
Roding Valley Park Pumping Station
Roding Valley Park
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.

Mock-Tudor on Roding Lane South
Mock-Tudor on Roding Lane South
Kilroy House, Woodford Green
Kilroy House, Woodford Green
Southend Road (A1400)
Southend Road (A1400)
Housing on Southend Road, Woodford
Housing on Southend Road, Woodford
Red Phone Box, 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’.

Beneath the flyovers at 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 from The Viaduct
South Woodford from The Viaduct
South Woodford from The Viaduct
South Woodford from The Viaduct

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