I rode up Slewins Lane and onto Ardleigh Green Rd. I cross the A127 and up Squirrels Heath Road.
Shepherd & Dog PH for a breather and to make a call.
Pages Wood is an 74 hectare wood and public park in Harold Wood in the London Borough of Havering. It is the largest Forestry Commission site in the Thames Chase Community Forest, and 100,000 trees have been planted since it opened in 2002. It also has meadow areas, 6.5 kilometres of footpaths and 2.2 kilometres of bridlepaths.
Its north west boundary is separated from Harold Wood Park by the River Ingrebourne, and the river runs through the south west corner. The London Loop goes through the park. There is access from Hall Lane, where there is a car park, and by a bridge over the river from Harold Wood Park.
French's farm shop that unfortunately closed today.
I continue up the hill and just before the top, I give in and walk the last bit!
I pass the Almshouses here in South Weald.
There are twelve Almshouses in South Weald, set in communal grounds with a central Chapel, in which the Vicar holds a communion service once a month).
Ten units were built in the 1850's by the Tower family (through a legacy from Sir Anthony Browne who was Lord of the Manor when he died in 1567).
In 1968 Sir Anthony Brownes Almshouse Charity was combined with the Charity of William Wingrave and two further units were added on land donated by the Tower family.
|The Tower Arms|
The Tower Arms. a great place for a pint of Youngs was originally acroos the road next to the church and called the Spread Eagle. it was renamed in 1878 and moved across the road to a residence called 'Jewells'.
Across the road is Saint Peter South Weald.
The church is large for such a small village and stands proudly on the top of the hill at South Weald, two miles from Brentwood in the English county of Essex. The Saxons settled here and the place is mentioned in the Domesday Book. St Peter’s is the mother church of the neighbourhood and until the middle of the 19th century, Brentwood, with its chapel, came under the jurisdiction of South Weald. The present church dates from about 1150, although the South Door with its chevron ornamentation is the sole remaining Norman feature. The present Memorial Chapel at the end of the south aisle was originally Weald Hall Chapel. Within it are commemorated former holders of the manor of South Weald. Sir Anthony Browne, the founder of Brentwood School, Erasmus Smith and the Tower family are all represented. The latter were the local squires from 1752 onward.
I head off downhill along Weald Road and stop to have a look at South Weald Country Park. Been a long time since I've been here.
This continues onto Lower Bedfords Road and I cycle up into Collier Row.
A total of 16.5 miles and just under a hour and a half moving time with 725ft climbed.