Walks for all - Riverside Country Park

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Walk information

Start point postcode: ME7 2XH - get directions
Length: 1.25 miles (2 km)
Duration (estimated): 30 minutes

Parking: No.

Public transport: Visit Traveline

Walk summary

One of the popular routes from the Walks for All series, the Riverside Country Park walk in Gillingham can be completed along wide, flat well-surfaced paths, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the riverside wildlife.

Maps and guides

Download the Riverside Country Park walk walking guide (PDF, 234.7 KB).

Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 148 covers this route. Available from the Ordnance Survey shop.

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About the walk

It follows the causeway out to Horrid Hill, which was constructed just over 100 years ago. It is said that the name comes from the hanging of convicts, who had attempted to make their way to this 'island' from the prison hulks anchored in the estuary. The hangings were designed to act as a warning and deter other convicts from trying to escape.

Horrid Hill also marks the end of Sharps Green and was reputedly popular with smugglers in the past, taking advantage of easy access to the many boats carrying their wares up and down the river.

Sharps Green itself was part of a small, but busy, cement works. A horse-drawn railway was used to take its loads up and down the causeway to Horrid Hill.

Sharps Green pond was created when clay was dug out to create the sea walls. It is now an important freshwater wildlife resource and a delightful place to spend a short while savouring this special riverside environment.