Roding Valley Park
Grid ref: TQ 412 902 (click for o/s map)
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The Roding Valley Park follows the River Roding from Redbridge roundabout in the south to the borough boundary in the north, forming a Green Corridor through the west of the London Borough of Redbridge. It is a mosaic of rough grassland and tall herbs with extensive areas of amenity grassland and small pockets of woodland and scrub. The motorway banks are rough grassland with scrub and developing woodland.
Water voles can be found along the River Roding, feeding on emergent vegetation. Herons can often be seen, standing motionless looking for fish, and you may catch the blue flash of a kingfisher flying low across the water. The river is also an important migration route for birds, so during spring and autumn migration periods you may see unusual species.
In summer the grassland and scrub supports many butterflies, including brimstone, painted lady and speckled wood. Dragonflies and damselflies along the river include broad-bodied chaser, common darter, banded demoiselle and white-legged damselfly.
From Charlie Brown's roundabout (M11 junction 4) follow Chigwell Road (A113) and park in Ray Park, off Snakes Lane East.
Redbridge, South Woodford, Wanstead and Woodford tube stations are within easy reach. Several bus routes pass nearby, including 66, 123, 129, 145, 179, 275, 366, 549, W12 and W14.
Closes at dusk. A visitor centre in Ray Park, at the northern end of the site, is scheduled to open in 2009.
Surfaced path throughout. South of the Charlie Brown roundabout is a multi-user surface park for wheelchairs and buggies.