Explore theThames Estuary Path

5 Routes

...covering 29 Miles

from Tilbury Town all the way
to Leigh-on-Sea

Thames Estuary Path

Explore the 29 mile (46.6km) Thames Estuary Path through the fascinating South Essex Marshes, from Tilbury Town all the way to Leigh-on-Sea. Passing through an industrial and settled beautiful landscape with a wealth of Green Heritage - history and biodiversity.

The South Essex Marshes bordered to the north by settlement and the south by the shore of the Thames. It is a flat, low-lying landscape, dominated by creeks, marshes and mudflats.

The path is easily accessible by train, linking 6 local train stations on one of the most attractive railway lines in the country (London Fenchurch to Shoeburyness line). The path is clearly signed and waymarked along the length with a new distinctive logo.

Enjoy the path in 5 smaller tours starting and finishing at the local train stations. Delve into the history and biodiversity the marshlands have to offer and visit the many attractions along the way.

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Places of Interest

  • Tilbury Fort
  • Coal House Fort
  • Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
  • Wat Tyler Country Park
  • Bowers Marsh
  • West Canvey Marshes and Canvey Wick
  • Hadleigh Country Park
  • Hadleigh Castle
  • Two Tree Island
  • Old Leigh village
  • The Ancient Villages and Churches of Corringham, Fobbing, Benfleet and Leigh on Sea

View our Maps

You can view our individual maps, or the full overview map below.

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Tilbury to
East Tilbury
East Tilbury
to Stanford
Stanford to
Pitsea to
Benfleet to

Planning Your Journey

Tilbury Town

St Andrews Road, Tilbury, RM18 7JH View Train Times View Directions

East Tilbury

Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8NT View Train Times View Directions

Stanford le Hope

London Road, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0JX View Train Times View Directions


Station Approach, Basildon, SS16 4UD View Train Times View Directions


Ferry Road, South Benfleet, SS7 1NE View Train Times View Directions


Belton Way W, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2ET View Train Times View Directions

Walking Information

Total Distance: 29 miles

Our 5 Walking Tours

Tilbury Town to East Tilbury

7 miles

East Tilbury to Stanford le Hope

3 1/2 miles

Stanford le Hope to Pitsea

10 miles

Pitsea to Benfleet

3 1/2 miles

Benfleet to Leigh

4 miles

Please note that on certain sections of the path dogs must be on leads, where signs indicate i.e. near Two Tree Island

Best Time to Visit

All year – please note during rainier season the path maybe muddy in sections