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Thames Estuary walks

You don’t need to go far to enjoy a beautiful countryside walk. Explore the 29 mile Thames Estuary Path broken down into five different walks, all beginning and ending at a c2c train station.

The Thames Estuary Path has five famous walks through the lush South Essex Marshes. Along the routes you’ll find historic sites, breathtaking landscapes, a wealth of Green Heritage and an abundance of wildlife areas.

Enjoying these walks makes a for a fun day out with friends or family, without having to break the bank. All the routes start and end at a c2c train station, and you can save on your train travel with one of our great value daily train fares.

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Walk 1

Tilbury Station to East Tilbury Station

Distance: 7 miles

Estimated Time: 2.5-3 hours

Your journey begins at Tilbury Station and, after a short walk past Tilbury docks, the path leads to the historic 16th century Tilbury Fort. You’ll then pass along the base of the power station sea wall on the foreshore of the Thames, leading to the historic nineteenth century Coalhouse Fort on the bend of the river. The path continues following the Thames before turning towards our East Tilbury train station.

Walk 2

East Tilbury Station to Stanford-le-Hope Station

Distance: 3.5 miles

Estimated time: 1-1.5 hours

This path begins at East Tilbury station and runs towards Thurrock Thameside Nature Park. A causeway was created to take walkers over the lake, rich in biodiversity and home to many varieties of birds. Reptiles and butterflies can be seen throughout summer and, in winter, migratory birds from around the world are often spotted. Once past the park, walkers can either make their way to Stanford-le-Hope Station (which is also the start of the next walk if you’re not too tired!) or continue on towards Pitsea.

Walk 3

Stanford-le-Hope Station to Pitsea Station

Distance: 10 miles

Estimates Time: 4-5 hours

The Stanford to Pitsea walk is the longest path at 10 miles in length. The path takes a route across the countryside, away from the Thames, and around the London Gateway Port. Some sections of fields on the Fobbing and Corringham marshes have livestock in, so walkers are advised to keep dogs on leads at these points. These marshes are miles from the road and the sense of isolation is pure peace.

Walk 4

Pitsea Station to Benfleet Station

Distance: 3.5 miles

Time estimate: 1-1.5 hours

From Pitsea station the path heads east along the north side of the train line, through fields from Pitsea towards Benfleet. The path runs under the railway and onto the huge Bowers Marsh Nature Reserve, run by the RSPB. In summer these fields are full of beautiful wildflowers and are amazing as the backdrop to a romantic or family photo shoot. The path joins Benfleet Creek as it passes north of Canvey Island.

Walk 5

Benfleet Station to Leigh-on-Sea Station

Distance: 4 miles

Estimated Time: 1.5-2 hours

The final part of the path continues from Benfleet station along the creek towards Leigh-on-Sea. This part of the route is also suitable for cycling. Sailing clubs line the route, as well as a café that is situated in an old boat if you need a caffeine pick me up! Hadleigh Castle overlooks the path and can be reached by taking a short detour up the hill. Once you arrive at Leigh-on-Sea, walkers can enjoy a well-earned rest at one of the many pubs, cafes and shell fish stalls. See our guide to Leigh-on-Sea for more information.

Helpful tips

Download the App

Click here to download the official Thames Estuary app for iphone or android. A great accompaniment to any adventurers, the app uses GPS to guide walkers along the route, keeping them on track, as well as providing information on the path’s biodiversity and history through a series of videos and audio segments.

Website and Maps

Maps are available on the mobile app, and are downloadable from the Thames Estuary Path website. Maps are also available from the local libraries and c2c train stations.