This circular walk begins at Grays Beach and passes near the site where the historic lightvessel 38, known as ‘Gull’ was moored until she sank in 1929. You pass the home of Darwin’s collaborator, Alfred William Wallace, one of the first buildings to be constructed from concrete, before heading north through the town. You then head north east, passing the windmill at Baker Street, dating back to the 17th century, before heading back down the busy A13 to Little Thurrock and then back into Grays.
In 2015, at this point, we gathered in Grays Park and met representatives from the other 9 Thurrock 100 walks with their flags, before making our way to Grays Beach and into the new Village Beach Festival for a ceremonial finale.
You don’t need to walk the full 10 miles if you don’t want to – pick up/drop off points are indicated in green below. The original approx walk timings are below for your reference. The main points are:
- 10.00 Set off from Grays Beach.
- 10.30 Visit the Dell, Grays, (do you know about its links to Darwin’s contemporary Alfred William Wallace?)
- 11.00 Refreshment stop at Blackshots Leisure Centre (2 miles).
- 11.30 Visit Crawford Avenue Community Centre (3 miles)
- 13.00 Pass the historic Baker Street windmill and the greenbelt surrounding Grays, followed by a refreshment break at the Kings Arms in Baker Street (6 miles).
- 14.15 Visit Hangman’s Woods (8 miles) (do you know about the daneholes in the woods?)
- 14.45 Visit the Edwardian Grays Town Park (9 miles)
- 15.00 In 2015 we then walked from Grays Town Park, through the town centre and into the Village Beach Festival.
- 16.00 In 2015 we then arrived at Grays Beach for the Village Beach festival, and an event on stage to mark the conclusion of Thurrock 100.
Download our original day’s schedule and map here so you can follow it yourself:
Grays Station car park (charges apply)
Please download the map above for more detail on which parts of the route are most accessible. Blue routes have been identified as most likely to be suitable for wheelchairs users and buggies, taking into account the quality, gradient and availability of dropped kerbs on the path.
Whilst we endeavour to make all our walks as safe and enjoyable as possible, any walk attended is done so at your own risk. Due care has been exercised in organising the walks however Thurrock Council and associated sponsors accept no liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes.
You need to choose walks within your capabilities; and if not on one of the Thurrock 100 guided walks, you should consider walking with a friend.
Equipment and Clothing
This walk originally took place on Saturday 18 July 2015.