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Langdon Plotland Walk

A walk through the old Dunton Hills Plotland estate, established in the 1930's by Londoners on plots of agricultural land sold off after the agricultural depression. This walk is rich with wild plants and wildlife.
Walk details:
Start point: Langdon Visitor Centre, Third Avenue, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon.
Essex Wildlife Trust: 01268 419103
Ordanance Survey: Explorer - map ref: TQ 661 874
Distance: approx 1.6km (1 mile)
Time: approx 1 hour
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British Isles: A Natural History is an epic series presented by Alan Titchmarsh. Over eight programmes, screened at 9pm from Wednesday 29 September, 2004 on BBC ONE, Alan unravels the story of the evolution of the British Isles.

This Walk Through Time accompanies the series, exploring the history and rich natural habitat of Langdon Plotland.

More info:
This area was once the thriving Dunton Hills Plotland Estate, established in the 1930's by Londoners on plots of agricultural land, sold at auction after the agricultural depression. Around 200 families made their homes here or escaped from the city for weekends and holidays.

This walk will take you along the grid pattern of avenues between old garden hedges rich with wild plants and garden escapes, uncovering the remains of these homes and exploring the changing landscape around Basildon. Look out for the Plotland trail markers along the way.

Getting there:
By bus:
Bus services operate from Basildon town centre to Laindon BR station (on the Fenchurch Street to Southend line) less than 1/2 mile from the reserve and to Langdon Hills.
Information: tel: 0870 608 2608 or check the Traveline website.

By car: Parking is available at the walk start point, Langdon visitor centre on Lower Dunton Road, 2 miles south of A127, west of Basildon Town Centre. The centre is 4.5 miles east of M25 junction 29 between the A127 and the A13. Routes are signposted from the north from the B148 turning off the A127 and from the south from the A13 – follow the brown-and-white duck signs.

Walk Conditions:
Bridleways and footpaths, all off road. Muddy at times. Natural aspect includes hills. Paths are unlikely to be suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
Health and Safety information

The BBC would like to thank the Essex Wildlife Trust for their help in preparing this walk.
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