Rainham Marshes

Photo from Emily Holmden Route Details

  • From - to: Rainham Station to RSPB Environment Centre, Purfleet
  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Type: Traffic-free cycle and pedestrian paths
  • Access: Rainham Station, Purfleet Station
  • Surface: Tarmac 
  • National Cycle Network: Route 13

Route Description

Before 2000 Rainham Marshes was used as a military firing range, but since then the area has been transformed by the RSPB as a great place for nature and for people to visit. This flat and traffic-free route around the marshes can either be done as a one-way route starting at Rainham and finishing at Purfleet, or as a slightly longer circular ride.

The route follows a major new section of path along the Thames riverside with views over the marshes and the expanse of the river. This section of National Route 13 passes a number of historic concrete barges which were constructed during World War II when steel was in limited supply, and are now abandoned.

The Rainham Marshes reserve has a hide and several open viewing areas, as well as miles of accessible nature walks, and a café and play area.

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Latitude: 
51.503070373638664
Longitude: 
0.19887060173344295
Zoom level: 
14

Region:

Before 2000 Rainham Marshes was used as a military firing range, but since then the area has been transformed by the RSPB as a great place for nature and for people to visit. This flat and traffic-free route around the marshes can either be done as a one-way route starting at Rainham and finishing at Purfleet, or as a slightly longer circular ride.

Length: 
6 miles