FKT: David Bone, Stephen Macintosh - Thames Estuary Path (United Kingdom) - 2020-09-01

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4h 7m 13s
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Big thank you to Mike for adding this route.

It's an absolute cracker.

Stephen and I drove out from London at 6:30am and we were leaving from Tilbury Town train station in no time. First few miles are interesting. You hug the path by the estuary. It's pretty desolate and not the best loved path but on this day the sun was stunning and our eyes were focused on the estuary. You pass the Tilbury Fort and the imposing artillery.

After a few miles we found ourselves passing through amazing nature reserves and well signed fields plus the occasional tight passageways by the side of the train track. 

Mike's previous descriptions were spot on - we were able to decipher where he'd had small detours and we didn't make too many new ones. 

Around half way you start to pass a few more picturesque villages like Fobbing and although the open path routes continued to offer beautiful views there were a few miles of proper ankle turning rutted ones.

We didn't use any but there are a few accessible petrol stations and shops if you need them. 

More epic views of the estuary where you pass by Canvey and near the boatyards and then on to a stunning few miles taking you all the way to Leigh on Sea.

We caught a quick train back to the car and celebrated with a can of pop in the sun. Next time we'll stay longer at Leigh beach.


Well done, chaps! I'm pleasantly surprised to see that other runners have completed this route so soon. I thought it would remain unchallenged for a year. Glad you enjoyed it.