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Riverside Country Park, Gillingham

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Riverside Country Park is a large coastal public park, situated alongside the River Medway estuary between Gillingham and Rainham. The park covers about 100 hectares - approximately 247acre. There are a variety of natural habitats within the park, including mudflats and salt marsh, ponds and reed-beds, grassland and scrub, which provide a haven for wildlife.HistoryThe coastline of Gillingham has had a rich and varied past The park was established in the 1970s by Medway Council and takes in the various areas; of Motney Hill, Rainham Dock, Bloors Wharf, Horrid Hill, Sharp's Green Bay and Eastcourt Meadows.Rainham Docks and Motney HillThe earliest known occupation of the area was in the Neolithic times according to archaeological evidence found around the Rainham Docks area. This was later used by the Romans as a burial site.Like most of Medway, the fertile area was then a major site of hops, cherries, plums and apple orchards and wheat fields.In 1819, Motney Hill appears on maps as an island. Because of its large sand deposits it was also known as 'Gritty Island'. In 1901, the British Standard Cement Company started chalk extraction to London. The chalk came from a large pit, now known as Berengrave Local Nature ReserveA cement works was then established on Motney Hill island in 1912. During high tides, barges sailed into the river near the docks, then workers known as 'Muddies' collected mud from the riverbed and loaded it onto the barges. As the tide came back in, the barges would re-float and sail to Rainham Dock, where the mud would be mixed with chalk and fired at high temperatures to produce cement.
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  • Lovely walk along the riverbank. Old shipwrecks to enjoy! Sea shell and crab exploring. Pleasant tea room with outdoor playing for young children. Friendly people! 
  • Nice place to walk for a few hours, got a kids play park with an over priced cafe, plenty of parking, tracks are used by cyclists so be careful, plenty of dog walkers... not all on leads ! Good for a ...  read more »
  • We went for a stroll here with my 16 month old daughter. What can I say? It's excellent! Free parking. Bonus! Lovely walk along the river/estuary looking at all the birds and picking what's left of th...  read more »
  • I love it at riverside, i have been going there since I was a child and now taking my own son. It's a lovely walk to have along the estuary and it has a cafe and a park. The only reason why I give it 3 stars is due to the amount of dog poo which is on the floor on your walk round because of lazy irresponsible dog owners can't clear up there dogs mess.
  • Nice play area for this kids (young and old), open space for relaxing and playing games, and nice walks through the park and by the water. Definitely recommended for when the weather is nice.
  • great visit! would fully recommend it to anyone. girls in cafe did a sterling job as the venue was very busy.
  • Lovely cycling park, beautiful scenery and makes good for cycling races or time trials.
  • Long walk by the river, pleasant surroundings, has a center with a cafe and toilets, good for dog walking, cycling, jogging, walking, part of the route 1 cycle route
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