T100 Sounds

Sounds of Purfleet-on-Thames

Purfleet Station to St Clement’s Church, West Thurrock

Saturday 8 July 2023

Start: Purfleet Train Station, RM19 1PL

End: St Clement’s Church, West Thurrock, RM20 4AL

Starting in Purfleet, we followed the River Thames for the majority of the walk alongside the famous mile-long graffiti wall. We passed under the QEII Bridge before finishing at St Clement’s Church for the Thurrock Soundscape. Listen to the Thurrock Soundscape on our website now, click here.

The church is a Grade I listed building, which was first established on the pilgrim route. Now stunningly set against the backdrop of the industry that has sprung up around it, St Clement’s Church’s other claim to fame is it was featured in the well-known Hugh Grant film, ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’.

Walkers enjoyed atmospheric views of the river, as well sightings of wetland wildlife. The route passes though some interesting areas of industry with their accompanying distinctive sounds.

Purfleet to St Clements


  • Duration: 2-hour walk
  • Distance: 3.5 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Terrain: The walk is a mixture of made and unmade paths, please wear sensible footwear. Surfaces are uneven in places
  • Access: This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
  • Walk leader: Lesley Robinson
  • Backup leader/walk steward: TBC


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  • Take the bus 73A towards Tilbury
  • The bus departs from outside The Ship, 0.5 miles (10-minute walk) from St Clement’s Church
  • Get off in Grays
  • Walk to the train station
  • Catch the C2C train towards Upminster
  • Get off at Purfleet


Free parking is available at St Clement’s Church. Attendees can park here and travel by public transport to Purfleet Station for the start of the walk.

Parking is also available at Purfleet Train Station.



This walk isn’t accessible for wheelchairs or large pushchairs due to the mixture of made and unmade paths, uneven surfaces and steps and slopes. 

However, the exhibition at the end is accessible, including for wheelchairs and large pushchairs, and you can travel to this by car, or by bus (as in schedule section above). There is free public parking by the Church. 

T100 walks are of different lengths and on varying terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and others mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. We have designed our programme with accessibility in mind so we hope that there is something for everyone to enjoy. If you would like to discuss this, please contact nicole@kinetika.co.uk.   

Please note:
We ask that people choose walks within their capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take people’s word that they are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk they have chosen.

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. 


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 all weather.

Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but if you don’t have these please wear suitable and comfortable footwear – best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring snacks and a packed lunch with you, if necessary, and plenty to drink.  

Toilet facilities can be accessed St Clement’s Church at the end of the walk. 


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  • Arts Outburst
  • Chelmsford C100
  • East Tilbury Primary School
  • English Heritage – Tilbury Fort
  • Essex Wildlife Trust – Langdon Nature Discovery Centre
  • Eye Music
  • Gateway Learning Community
  • High House Production Park
  • Kenningtons Primary Academy
  • Mental Health Mates Thurrock
  • Music Monday – Grays Town Park 
  • Riverside Community
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes
  • Sail Loft Folk Club
  • St Clement’s, West Thurrock
  • St Catherine’s, by Coalhouse Fort
  • Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions
  • Tilbury Riverside Project
  • Tilbury Port
  • Together Productions
  • Tunde Ojetola
  • START: Thurrock
  • Thameside Theatre
  • The Backstage Centre
  • Thurrock Yacht Club
  • Well House Gallery


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