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Walk the Mardyke

October 8 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Walk the Mardyke. 

John Churchill walk leader guides us on this unique walk along the Mardyke river from its mouth at Purfleet up to Ockenden. On Saturday 8th October meeting at Purfleet Station at 11 am. SIGN UP HERE

The Mardyke is a river in Thurrock that runs from Brentwood to the Thames at Purfleet….about 16 miles.   A strange but true fact …….the Mardyke is a much older river in geological times than the Thames. But of course, of much less significance now!

On the Mardyke near Davy Down (Image curtesy John Churchill)

Barges would use the river to take produce from the Essex Fens to the Port of London. Being a very low lying river, moving ever so slowly, it is prone to floods and after a period of heavy rain this walk would be impossible to complete. The Mardyke Trail,a public footpath follows the river for most of its length (except for the first mile from Purfleet). An amazing landscape of contrasts. One moment you could be in the deep country of Suffolk…..and the next in the world of J.G.Ballard’s ‘Concrete Island’. Davy Down is in a nature reserve, with its ‘heritage’ pumping station and viaduct; where there is a cafe for walkers to stop for refreshments. There is also a pub, conveniently sited at the very end of the walk.

Meeting on Saturday 8th October for 11.15 am start you can take C2C trains on line to Grays: from Fenchurch Street Station take the 10.37 train to Purfleet,(arriving  11.06) or hop on at West Ham 10.47 or  Barking 10.53.

Return to Fenchurch from South Ockendon Station. (or a frequent bus service to Upminster.)   FARES -This is within Zone 10 of the Oyster Card

Come prepared for rural walk and with refreshments/picnic lunch.



October 8
11:00 am - 5:00 pm




Purfleet Station
London Road
Purfleet, Essex, M19 1PP United Kingdom
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