GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve

5 miles (7.5 km)

Enjoy a circular walk around this delightful RSPB nature reserve in the North Kent Marshes. You can stroll along the numerous pools and enjoy a riverside section along the Thames. It's brilliant for wildlife spotting with huge numbers of wintering waders to look out for. Avocet, Lapwing, Little egret and Turtle Dove are all regular visitors to the site.
Cliffe Pools is located close to Rochester and Gravesend. You can park in the little village of Cliffe and walk to the reserve from there quite easily.
The Saxon Shore Way long distance walk runs past the site so you could walk from Gravesend along the Thames to the reserve. It is a five mile walk from the town centre.
The Hoo Peninsula Path also passes the reserve so this is another great option if you would like to extend your walk. It will take you along the Thames estuary to Gravesend in one direction and Allhallows in the other.


ME3 7SX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The circular Gravesend Walk visits the reserve from the nearby town. It then returns along the now disused Thames and Medway Canal.
The Thames Estuary Path also passes through the reserve. The long distance trail will take you to Foulness Island or the Isle of Sheppey.
Just east of Rochester there's the attractive village of Upnor with its English Heritage owned 16th century castle and quaint old village centre.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


RSPB Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve - - 43897

RSPB Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve. Many of the pools that occupy this area are managed by the RSPB, and some rare birds can sometimes be observed. The pool shown in this picture is named Radar Pool on the RSPB literature due to the towering radar mast that overshadows the pool. Tilbury power station can be seen in the distance

Cliffe Creek - - 44205

Cliffe Creek, with the tide fully in. This picture shows part of the coastal rampart that were built to reclaim some of the low lying lands from the sea.

Radar Pool, near Cliffe - - 44922

Radar Pool, near Cliffe. Many of the pools that occupy this area are managed by the RSPB, and some rare birds can sometimes be observed.

Cliffe Fort - - 181361

Cliffe Fort. Cliffe Fort was built in the 18th century to guard London from invasion by sea by the French. Today, it no longer houses soldiers, rather it's used to store aggregates by French company Lafarge


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Memory Map Route

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