Kent Coast Path: Higham Marshes Circular

Leave bustling Gravesend town behind and enjoy this tranquil stretch of the England Coast Path.

Begin your journey in the heart of this historic maritime town and unveil its importance in history. This circular walk starts at Gravesend Town Pier, which was once the lively main port of embarkation for the passenger steamer to and from London.

Pass by remains of historical interest, The Blockhouse which are foundations of an artillery fortification constructed as part of Henry VIII’s Device plan of 1539, in response to fears of an invasion of England by European countries. It was built here, at a strategic point along the River Thames. Milton Chantry, the oldest building in Gravesend and all that remains of a leper hospital built in 1322.

Stroll along the promenade, stop and take a rest here, grab a drink at the cafe and gaze across the River Thames to Tilbury where cruise ships will be docked and picking up passengers.

Leave the bustling town behind and join the Saxon Shore Way path. Now with the River Thames on one side and wildlife filled marshes on the other. Pass by  Shorne Marshes first, an old firing range featuring 700 ponds formed as the result of bomb craters. Spot breeding Lapwings and Redshanks here.

Look out for grazing horses along this route too. Soon this route will take you inland and towards some train tracks and back towards Gravesend along the canal and National Cycle Network Route 1.

Route Overview

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By Water, Countryside

Starting Point

Gravesend Town Pier


Allow 4 hours


Uneven Terrain, Gates, Stiles, 1 Set of Steps

Kent Coast Path: Higham Marshes

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To/from Gravesend: Gravesend train station is 0.3 miles from start point. Check for times and services.


Fastrack buses also run to the centre of Gravesend.

Pay and display parking in available in Gravesend town centre.



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Explore Kent has produced a detailed leaflet for this walk, produced in 2021. Available to download from Explore Kent’s website or request a hard copy from Explore Kent.

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