Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Kent  /  Gillingham  /  Parks  /  Riverside Country Park

Riverside Country Park, Gillingham

(4.3/5 based on 280+ 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.
Arrange to visit Riverside Country Park and other attractions in Gillingham using our Gillingham travel itinerary planner.
Source
Create a full Gillingham itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Gillingham

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Kent by other users

4 days in Kent BY A USER FROM DENMARK June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Folkestone BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Edenbridge BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Canterbury BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Canterbury BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM INDIA July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Kent BY A USER FROM CYPRUS June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Margate BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The park is in a beautiful area by the Medway Estuary which includes salt marsh, mud flats and reed beds. There are walking paths all around which most were suitable if you have a stroller. Along the ...  more »
  • Often use this country park for dog walking, lovely views over the estuary and paths and walkways well maintained. The dog loves being able to run free when out on the pathways, as long as there are n...  more »
  • Children first netted the water for water bugs which were then identified by the ranger. After a while he then took them to a nearby field which was not generally used where he showed them various bug...  more »
Google
  • 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