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East Tilbury – In Other People’s Shoes

Saturday 12th June 2021

Starts: Bata Memorial Gardens
Ends: Coalhouse Fort, or optional return walk via the sea wall.

Booking for this walk has now closed, but you can follow the route on your own.

On the 12th June 2021 we headed to East Tilbury to explore the residential, industrial and social legacy of Thomas Bata’s Utopian vision from the 1930s. We visited the factory, hotel and Bata Memorial Park before ending at Coalhouse Fort for afternoon tea.

During the walk, Sadie Hasler led a conversation, asking those who attended to put themselves in the shoes of their role model.  Asking such questions like, what do you aspire to achieve?  What can we achieve here by walking together?

There was an option to travel off the beaten track for a scenic sea-wall return walk to the memorial gardens.

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Walk 3 In Other People's Shoes


  • Suggested meeting point, British Bata War Memorial Gardens, Princess Margaret Rd, East Tilbury  RM18 8NX
  • A 2-hour walk with stops
  • Arrive at, Coal House Fort RM18 8PB
  • *Optional Return walk to the start RM18 8NX
  • *Optional Sea Wall Return walk to RM18 8NX

You can select which return walk you will take on the booking form.


  • Duration: 2 hours including talks / *30 minute return walk (direct)
  • Distance: 2.4 miles plus return walk 1.2 miles. Via sea wall is longer, see below.
  • Grading: Easy
  • Terrain: Pavements – A mixture of paved and unpaved paths.
  • Access: changes in different parts of the route, see accessibility section.

Optional return route via the sea wall:

  • Duration: 1.5 hour return walk
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Terrain: A mixture of paved and unpaved paths along the sea wall, grass and woodland off road tracks.


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Nearest train station at the start & end: East Tilbury Train Station, this is a 10 minute walk from the Bata Memorial Gardens via Princess Margaret Road.


Number 374

Service timetables change so please check the Ensign Bus Schedules for latest information


There are free parking spaces available at the memorial gardens or at nearby shops.  Parking spaces are also available at Coalhouse Fort.


The majority of this walk is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs as it takes place mainly on paved streets in East Tilbury Town.  However, the part of the walk from the town to Coalhouse Fort via East Tilbury Village is NOT accessible. This section of the walk includes a paved street on a busy road and then upon entering the village the paved pathways are not wide enough for a wheelchair/pushchair and are often blocked by parked cars. The start and end of the route avoid these areas. If you wish to meet us for the talks and activities in the Town or at Coal House Fort it would be advisable to park at the start and drive the middle section of the route.

The optional return routes are NOT accessible.

The sea wall walk takes place on uneven ground and covers various terrains some of which are prone to flooding. Suitable walking boots for muddy conditions would be advisable.

Toilet facilities are available at Coalhouse Fort.


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Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!

Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home.  Make sure you bring a packed lunch if necessary, and plenty to drink.

You need to choose walks within your capabilities and ensure that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen. T100 walks are of different lengths and on different terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and others mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. If one walk doesn’t suit you, there is probably another one that will.

Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however Kinetika, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes, especially unsupervised.  Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


If you take any of your own photos whilst taking part in the walk, we would love to see them. Share your photos on social media with #T100Dreaming.


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