Thames and Medway Estuary

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  • Suitable for small children
  • Suitable for dogs

The joining of these two great rivers, which have played such an important role in the history of Kent, has created a range of rare estuarine habitats. Much of the land here has been designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for its wildlife.

Visitors can watch the birds on the mudflats, including oystercatcher and redshank, and seek out rare plants in the grasslands including the nationally rare sea clover.

A fort and gun tower which can been seen from the shore are the remains of 19th century fortifications designed to protect the entrance to the rivers. More recent defences erected here include searchlight emplacements..

The route starts with a short, ramped descent with occasional stones of up to 20mm. The remainder of the coastal walk follows the concrete surface of the seawall. Occasional potholes, up to 40mm, can easily be avoided. There is no barrier on the seaward side of the wall.

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Step by step guide

  • From the car park take the right hand path sign posted ‘To the seafront.'
  • Follow the ramp down to the sea wall
  • At the sea wall turn right No barrier on seaward side
  • Continue along the sea wall through the yellow posts
  • Continue until you reach the wire mesh fence and then retrace your steps.