Walks for all - Thames and Medway Estuary

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Walk information

Start point postcode: ME3 0BS - get directions
Length: 2.88 km (1.8 miles)
Duration (estimated): 1 hour

Parking: No.

Public transport: Visit Traveline

Walk summary

Starting in the village of Grain, this 1.8 mile (3km) walk takes you past the meeting point of the Thames and Medway rivers. The walk is designed as an accessible route from the Walks for All series.

Maps and guides

Download the Thames and Medway Estuary walking guide (PDF, 538.3 KB).

Ordnance Survey Explorer map 163 covers this walk. Available from the Ordnance Survey shop.

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About the walk

The joining of these two great rivers, which have played such an important role in the history of Kent, has created a range of rare estuarine habitats. Much of the land here has been designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for its wildlife.

Visitors can watch the birds on the mudflats, including oystercatcher and redshank, and seek out rare plants in the grasslands including the nationally rare sea clover.

A fort and gun tower which can been seen from the shore are the remains of 19th century fortifications designed to protect the entrance to the rivers. More recent defences erected here include searchlight emplacements..

The route starts with a short, ramped descent with occasional stones of up to 20mm. The remainder of the coastal walk follows the concrete surface of the seawall. Occasional potholes, up to 40mm, can easily be avoided. There is no barrier on the seaward side of the wall.