Riverside Country Park
Gillingham, Kent
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Riverside Country Park is set on the edge of the river Medway estuary between Rainham and Gillingham covering about 100 hectares and forms part of the Saxon Shore Way footpath network .

The walks are there and back over solid wide pathways away from roads and is a popular place for dog walkers.  At low tide the mud flats are accessible and at some points along the walk so may be worth having your dog on the lead at these points to avoid getting a very muddy dog.

Medway council have produced a series of leaflets which are available from the visitors centre. 

View across to the Isle of Grain from the country park

Parking Location

Address:  Lower Rainham Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 2XH
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General Information

Distance: Approx 4km (2.5 Miles) dependant on route taken.

Time:  Approx. an hour dependant on pace.

Terrain:  Surfaced and fairly flat footpaths for most of the route.  The walk up to the top of Motney Hill is unsurfaced grass track and can get muddy in bad weather.

Stiles:  None.

Dogs on leads?:  Dogs allowed off lead but be aware that the waters edge can be very muddy at low tide.

Dog Bins:  Yes.

Parking:  Free parking in the large onsite car park.

The Route

Click the walk title in the top right of the above window or clicking here will open the route on the AllTrails website or the mobile app.  You can then create a free account which will then allow you to follow the route as you walk on your mobile.  If you would rather not sign up to All trails free account and use another mapping app (such as OS Maps, Outdooractive or Komoot etc) on your phone then you can download the GPX file below and import this into your desired app inorder to follow the trail.

The Walk Details ...

Head out of the carpark towards the estuary and turn right once you are on the main path.  

Follow the path all the way along to the end at Motney Hill.  At this point you can either turn round and head back the way you came or turn left along unmade footpath that follows the road upto Motney Hill Nature reserve.

There are benches, signposts and information boards along the route.  Please note that if you choose to turn left at the end of the surfaced footpath and head up to Motney Hill there is a lane that runs alongside the footpath which although is quiet does have some traffic.

You can also turn left at the carpark and head out to Horrid Hill or round to Sharps Green and onwards.

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1 thought on “Riverside Country Park, Gillingham, Kent”

  1. My dear puppy Border Terrier was bitten by a snake , adder , on 28th Jan.2020
    and died as a result 30th Jan . No warnings displayed , nothing to indicate the
    presence of these wild creatures at this time … perhaps at the end of hibernation. .The council let the phone run for 20 mins. on a cycle , no humans !
    so , in despair I would ask you please ….. let people know of the dangers at Riverside . I close , in misery .

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