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Purfleet-on-Thames to Grays

Spring Clean

31st July 2021

Starts: The Beacon, Purfleet-on-Thames
Ends: Thameside Theatre, Grays

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

The start of this walk joined with Beach of Dreams walk 34.

The first of two walks, the route was beside the Thames almost the whole way alongside the famous mile long grafitti wall. There was plenty of industry, but wilder patches too, as we crossed under the QEII Bridge on our way to Grays.  We visited St Clement’s Church, a Grade I listed building famous for being featured in the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’

Once the walk commenced there were a few ways to leave the route due to the river on the right and industrial sites on the left. It was possible to leave the walk at St Clement’s Church and head to Chafford Hundred Station approx. 1 mile away at intu Lakeside. The path from St Clements comes out on the roundabout on A126 London Road which is near Ikea.



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Graffiti wall photo Mike Johnston

Purfleet to Grays Walk


  • 10am: Suggested meeting point, The Beacon, Tank Hill Road, Purfleet-on-Thames, Essex RM19 1QA
  • 10am – 1.30pm Graffiti Wall Walk lasting 3.5 hours
  • 1.30pm – Arrive at, Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, RM17 5DX


  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Terrain: The walk is flat but sections are uneven in places and could be muddy in wet weather. There are a few metal steps along the way.
  • Access: This walk is not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs.



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Nearest station at the start: C2C Purfleet Station, London Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM16 1PL

Nearest station at the end: C2C Grays Station High Street, Grays,Essex, RM17 6NQ

Purfleet-on-Thames:  44

Route 44 – Ensign Bus Company – Click here for the timetable.

Grays: Grays bus station is directly opposite the railway station, just 5 – 10 minutes walk from the Thameside Complex and Grays Beach.

Multiple bus routes go via the this station – 5A, 5B, 22, 33, 44, 66, 73, 83, 88


Parking can be found at Purfleet train station however there is a charge for this. Alternatively some nearby roads do not have restrictions.

Free parking is available at High House Production Park if you wish to park there and walk to the start, but please allow 30 minutes for this walk.

There are lots of car parking options in Grays all within walking distance of the end of the route. Grays Multi storey car park is central for both the start and end points if you wish to attend all day. The multi storey car park is free for the first 3 hours.

If you are being dropped off or picked up, the closest to the end is behind the Thameside Theatre on Cromwell Road.

Parking Charges can be found https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/car-parks/off-street-car-parks


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This walk is not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs. There are metal steps in various places, some sections of the path are narrow and uneven.


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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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