Starting at the new Gateway Academy, you head first to Chadwell Place, home of prominent Puritan James Temple, governor of Tilbury Fort and one of the signatories of Charles I’s death warrant in 1649. You will pass the 15th Century Sleeper’s Farm, and then visit the graveyard of the parish church of St Mary where the graves of Elizabeth Manning and Kadzuo Yamazaki lie. The second half of the walk includes a visit to one of the country’s finest historical monuments, Tilbury Fort, built by Henry VIII to defend London from attacks from the sea, as well as the Tilbury Cruise Terminal where the Empire Windrush first docked in 1948, bringing the first of a wave of migrants from the West Indies to the UK.
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:
- 12.00 Set off from Gateway Academy.
- 13.30 Visit the historic Tilbury Fort (2 miles), the best preserved star-bastioned fortress in the UK.
- 14.30 Leave Tilbury Fort and pass Tilbury Cruise Terminal, the migration hub for millions of people since the 1920s.
- 16.00 Brief stop at Gateway Academy (5.5 miles).
- 16.45 Visit Chadwell Place (6 miles).
- 18.30 Visit Chadwell St Mary Library for a refreshment stop (and maybe learn about the historic Sleepers Farm and nearby St Mary’s Churchyard where Elizabeth Manning and Kadzuo Yamazaki are buried).
- 19.15 Return to Gateway Academy.
Download our original day’s schedule and map here so you can follow it yourself:
Gateway Academy, Marshfoot Road, Tilbury, Chadwell-St-Mary, Essex RM16 4LU.
Limited parking at Gateway Academy.
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 Thursday 16 July 2015.