Extra Walk 209 Higham to Gravesend
Length: 18.4km (11.4 miles) Toughness: 3/10 10:16
Gillingham train from Cannon Street
(London Bridge 10:20, Lewisham 10:28) arriving at Higham
Ramsgate train (high speed service) from St Pancras
(Stratford International 10:34), changing at Gravesend (arr 10:44; dep 11:07) on to the above train from Cannon Street.
Return trains from Gravesend are to Cannon Street at xx18 and xx:48 (journey time 47 minutes), or to St Pancras at xx:12 and xx:42 (journey time 24 minutes).
This is not a typical countryside walk but the vast open spaces of the lower Thames estuary offer a spectacular landscape of open water, marshes and big skies that is evocative and atmospheric with a rich sense of history and the area’s industrial heritage. In its revised version this walk proved popular on its first outing last year, and as the tide recedes in the afternoon, exposing extensive mud flats, there should be ample opportunities to view the bird life on the RSPB reserve around Cliffe Pools and the river Thames.
The recommended lunch stop is The Six Bells
(01634 221459) in Cliffe. Do phone ahead to let them know how many walkers will be lunching there.
You will need to download the Walk Directions