Natural England started to work on the 78 km Grain to Woolwich England Coast Path on 7 April. This work will see the England Coast Path extended to Woolwich on the south bank of the Thames in London, and will work to secure the following benefits:
- Securing a continuous access trail on the south bank of the Thames to the open coast in Grain. It will connect the Thames estuary to the heart of London, which will create tourism and health and well being opportunities for Londoners and other communities.
- Link the England Coast Path on the south bank of the Thames to the existing Thames Path National Trail, which will create a continuous source – to- sea National Trail along the length of the Thames.
- Ensuring the continuity of the England Coast Path through directly linking the Kent coast at Grain to the Essex coast, via the Gravesend to Tilbury ferry.
- The stretch encompasses great views with coastal habitats and maritime industry, passing through remote and tranquil areas, as well as heavily urban and rural settlements.
Please note: The end point of this stretch was changed in April 2017 from Gravesend in Kent to Woolwich in London in order to join the capital to the England Coast Path along the Thames Estuary.