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Riverside Country Park, Gillingham
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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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  • Fantastic day out what ever you want to do. Miles of cycling and walking routes along the paths following the river. Nature reserve for birds and other wild animals. Great refurbed play park and cafe....  more »
  • We love going for a walk here as the footpaths are well looked after and it is also a great place to take the dogs for a walk. Loads of photo opportunities as well with the beautiful scenery, wildlife...  more »
  • A lovely place to walk and take the kids , playground brilliant and cafe and toilets there as well . Views of the medway forts and great and very peaceful. 
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  • Love coming here for a walk just a shame some people can't treat it better and not litter the place
  • Lovely place to walk whatever the weather, overspill carpark for busy times - children's park is well kept
  • Stunning place when weather is nice. Love the view around. Excellent place to watch Sunset, just stay on west side.
  • Beautiful surroundings, free parking, nice cafe although always seems to be shut around the times I visit so check opening hours beforehand. A must-go for avid Pokemon trainers, but equally suited to dog walkers and families.
  • 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, toilets are only open 10am to 5pm