A family-friendly walk around Bulphan

A circular walk around the thriving village of Bulphan, whose name means ‘place of safety on the fen’. Starting out from the regular Community Café, this family-friendly walk includes visits to the Parish church and school, the Zion Hall and Garlesters Farmhouse. Download a map here: Walk 1. 100 Stories Explore some of our 100 […]

Along the Mardyke Way

A beautiful rural walk through Thurrock following the old trade route along the Mardyke waterway, with an opportunity to see the Victorian pumping station and viaduct and across the site of the old Ardale approved school at Stifford. A suggested lunch stop would be at the Kings Arms in Orsett. Download a map here: Walk […]

A Walk Round Acme Studios

On our original walk route, on 9th July 2016, Artist Ali Pretty, founder of Arts Company Kinetika, led a walk around Acme Studios, including visits to the studios of some of the artists who are based there. Walkers had a chance to meet the artists, see some of their work and then explore Kinetika’s own […]

Purfleet to Rainham Marshes

We set out from the hexagonal 17th century dovecote at High House and visit the historic Purfleet Heritage Centre inside one of five gunpowder stores built on the Thames in the 18th Century, before exploring the award-winning RSPB bird sanctuary at Rainham Marshes. Built on ancient marshland once used as a firing range, it’s home […]

Grays Heritage Walk

This circular walk around historic Grays begins at the State Cinema, opened in 1938, and visits Grays Wharf, the wreck of The Gull, a lightship built in 1860, the Thurrock Yacht Club, the site of the Exmouth training ship and Grays Beach. Download our map here Walk 5 Accessibility This is an easy walk.  These walks […]

Farmer Cash’s Well

A short circular walk to the highest point locally, One Tree Hill, and to the site of Farmer Cash’s famous well. The water was found to be full of minerals and was sold in chemists for its health giving properties in the 1920s as ‘Vange Water’.  Download our map here Walk 6. Accessibility This is […]

One Tree Hill and Langdon Hills

Langdon Hills Country Park sits on a hilly ridge with panoramic views over the Thames Estuary to London. The park boasts ancient woodlands dating back to prehistoric times, with flower-rich grassland meadows and areas of dense scrubland. The walk begins with a short loop to the site of Farmer Cash’s famous well. Download our map […]

Circular walk around South Ockendon

This circular walk begins at South Ockendon’s Derwent Parade, setting for the 1958 Housewives’ Revolt! We will continue to see the remains of the Belhus Park’s 18th century Ice House and Stench Pipe, before continuing to the Ash Plantation, the estate that now stands on the site of Ford’s Aveley plant, and then to the […]

Heritage walk around Stanford-le-Hope

This walk focuses on the town of Stanford-le-Hope, which grew from a small village with the coming of the railway in the mid C19th. The route takes in the 900 year old Church, the home of the celebrated writer Joseph Conrad and of course the Regent cinema, as well as the old market place and […]

Bata and beyond: a gentle stroll around East Tilbury

The walk starts with a short stroll around the Bata Estate, exploring the residential, industrial and social legacy of Thomas Bata’s Utopian vision from the 1930s.   Following this short walk, the route goes into East Tilbury Village and if you wish can conclude with a drink at The Ship. Download our map here Walk 10. […]

From peasants’ revolt to modern port

This circular walk explores the area around the historic village of Fobbing, which dates back to Saxon times, including the old jetty at the end of the once-thriving wharf, the historic church and the memorial to the medieval Peasants’ Revolt which started nearby. The route also passes the site of the Corringham Light Railway and […]

Industrial heritage transformed

This walk follows Purfleet’s historic river frontage, with great views over the river and the site of the new development planned for Purfleet that will see the area transformed over the next few years. Afterwards you can enjoy a riverfront drink at the Royal Hotel. Please note that some parts of the route may become […]

Tilbury Town buggy walk

This short toddler-friendly walk around Tilbury passes the famous 17th century World’s End pub and the site of the devastating floods of 1953, as well as Tilbury Ferry, which dates from the 16th century. The walk also passes the Passenger Terminal, through which many thousands of passengers passed on their way to new lives in […]

The birds and the bees: around Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

This is a circular walk around the new Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, a stunning new nature reserve built on 120 acres on a former landfill site. A haven for birds and other wildlife, the site boasts superb views over Mucking Flats, the new DP World Port and the Thames Estuary. Some uneven terrain. Accessibility This […]

A walk around Orsett

The agricultural village of Orsett flourished because of the ancient Mar Dyke trade route. This route explores the old village and Bishop Bonner’s Palace, finishing at the Whitmore Arms in Orsett Village. Download our map here. Accessibility This is an moderate walk . A short section of the route by a horse riding school may […]

Lakeside to Chafford Gorges

This walk visits the sites of two chalk pits, excavated to serve the once hugely successful cement industries. You’ll explore Chafford Gorges Nature Reserve, where you can still see remnants of the railway tunnels and tracks built to take the chalk to the River Thames. Download a map of the route here. Accessibility This is […]

Evening rural walk around Hangmans Woods

This circular walk visits Hangmans Wood, a site of Special Scientific Interest because of the presence of a number of deneholes: underground hollows that are now home to colonies of bats. The route also travels through rural countryside, skirting Chadwell St Mary and past the remains of the mill at Orsett and the existing windmill […]

A walk around Horndon-on-the-Hill

A leisurely walk around the lovely village of Horndon-on-the-Hill. The route starts at the medieval half-timbered Woolmarket, before passing the remains of the Windmill, the historic church and pass a house once occupied by both Phil Vincent, founder of Vincent motorcycles, and 1950s keep-fit Queen Eileen Fowler. You continue to Saffron Gardens, where Elizabeth I […]

Along the Historic Thames

This walk begins at Purfleet station, and explores the historic river frontage with its many reminders of Thurrock’s industrial heritage. You walk beside the river, over the Dartford Tunnel and under the QE2 Bridge, passing the Graffiti Wall and the old wharves, as well as the tiny church of St Clement, featured in Four Weddings […]

From Chafford Hundred to Grays

This walk begins in what was once the largest housing estate in Europe, with more than 5000 homes. The route follows a disused railway and enters one of the pits where chalk was once quarried, before continuing to Grays via the former police station.  Then down through the High Street towards Grays Beach. Download a […]

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