GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Isle of Grain Walk

2 miles (4 km)

This Kent based village is located on theeasternmost point of theHoo Peninsula. There's some nice coastal trails along the sea wall to try here.
This circular walk takes you south along the coast from the village. There's fine views across the Medway Estuary to Sheerness on the opposite side. To the north you can see the popular tourist town of Southend across the Thames Estaury.
The walk starts from the public car park just north of the village at the Grain Coastal Park. The park has a nice beach, free parking and is popular with crab catchers. From the park you can pick up public footpaths heading south towards the power station. You can then pick up alternative inland paths to take you back through the village to the car park. On the way you'll pass the site of Grain Fort, built in the 1860s and used for coastal defence until the 1950s. The fort was almost completely demolished about 1960. You can also enjoy views to Grain Tower which is an offshore wild camping venue at low tide.

Postcode

ME3 0BS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Isle of Grain OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Isle of Grain Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Hogarth Inn is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The typical village pub does good food and has a fine selection of ales. You can find the pub on the High Street with postcode ME3 0BJ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The coastal park and beach are a popular spot for dog walkers so you'll probably see other dogs running around on a fine day. The Hogarth Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area you could pick up the Hoo Peninsula Path. This long distance trail will take you along the River Thames estuary with a huge number of wading birds to look out for on the way. You can also visit the Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve on the peninsula. There's some easy trails here with lots more wildlife to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Sea wall, Isle of Grain - geograph.org.uk - 953002

Sea wall, Isle of Grain. Looking south west, up river. On this calm December afternoon, the marshes on the southern shore of the Medway are seen as a grey line on the horizon

Isle of Grain shoreline - geograph.org.uk - 637873

Shoreline. This beach is on the Medway Estuary. The old groynes are doing little to prevent movement of the shingle (which is mostly shells).

Sea wall on Isle of Grain - geograph.org.uk - 649339

Sea wall on Isle of Grain. To the right is saltmarsh, to the left is freshwater marsh. In the distance on the right is Kingsnorth power station.

Elphinstone Point on Isle of Grain - geograph.org.uk - 1015371

Elphinstone Point. Taken over the Colemouth Creek at low tide.

Industrial building site, Isle of Grain - geograph.org.uk - 649444

Industrial building site. All of this is part of National Grid's liquefied natural gas installation under construction on the site of the former BP oil refinery at Isle of Grain.

The Medway - geograph.org.uk - 28351

The Medway. Looking south along the shore near Grain. The area between the river/sea/estuary and Grain village is rough grassland and scrub with a few large trees. The earthworks and some remains of Grain Fort and Dummy Battery can be seen (part of the 19th century Chatham Defences).

Grain, Grain Tower - geograph.org.uk - 558767

Grain Tower. This old defensive structure cuts a somewhat desolate figure in the mudflats of the Medway estuary.

Grain Tower (2007) - geograph.org.uk - 344358

Grain Tower (2007). Old Grain Fort used to defend the Medway Estuary since 1855. Modern section added during WW1.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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