Photo by Peter Taylor used under license CC-by-NC 2.0 (cropped)
Purfleet to Chafford Hundred via High House Production Park
Sun 7th July 11.15 am – 6pm
Walk 2 of T100 Welcome to the Kitchen Table
Leaving St. Stephen’s Church, we take a look at the Thames and the Royal Hotel. Then we search out the Butcher, the Baker and maybe the Candle-stick maker. We consider the local produce and its importance to the local economy through the ages. Let’s not forget the Railway Station and the history of Digby’s the village shop, now shut alas.
Passing by several terraces of workers’ housing we arrive at High House Production Park, the home of Kinetika. We will spend a couple of hours at the Production Park for our picnic, tours of the site, creative activities and family entertainment courtesy of the High House Community Group*, and consider the cultural resurgence at one of Thurrock’s most interesting locations.
In the afternoon we head for the Mardyke Way, stopping at Davy Down Pumping Station before moving on to our final destination, the Beacon Centre at Chafford Hundred, for early evening refreshments.
*We are pleased to be collaborating with the High House Community Group who are putting on a special, free, family day 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. at High House Production Park.
There will be a chance to meet Napoleonic soldiers, a medieval cures and potions tent, and other heritage re-enactors throughout the site. Guests can mingle with characters from the past and ask them about the time which they are from and gain a real understanding of the time and people living in them. Refreshments will be available throughout the day but rest assured that these will not be period themed!
- Meet: St Stephen’s Church, London Rd, Purfleet RM19 1QD
- 11.15 am: Registration
- 11.30 am: Walk starts
- 1.00 – 2.30 pm: Tour 1 of High House Production Park, shared picnic, creative activities and entertainment
- 2.30 – 3.00 pm: Tour 2 of High House Production Park
- 4.00 – 5.00 pm: Stop at Davy Down Pumping Station
- 6.00 pm: Walk ends and early evening refreshments: The Beacon Centre, Chafford Hundred, Drake Rd, Chafford Hundred, Grays RM16 6RW
- Duration: 5.5 hours
- Distance: Approx 6 miles
- Grading: Moderate
- Terrain: Pavements and public rights of way, which can be muddy in wet weather. The section from High House Production Park to Ship Lane is not accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.
- Walk leaders: Mike Ostler and Stephen Green
All T100 walks are free to join but you must reserve your place on Eventbrite.
Nearest train station at the start: C2C Purfleet Station, London Road, Purfleet, Essex RM19 1PP
Nearest train station at the end: C2C Chafford Hundred Station, Burghley Road, Chafford Hundred, Grays RM16 6QQ
Car parks in Purfleet: https://www.justpark.com/uk/parking/purfleet-station/
Car Parks in Chafford Hundred: There is parking at the Beacon Centre.
The section from Purfleet to High House Production Park is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.
The section from High House Production Park to Ship Lane is not accessible.
The section from Ship Lane to Davy Down is well surfaced and is pushchair and wheelchair accessible.
Beyond this the walk to Chafford includes a section up a slope that can be muddy and is not surfaced.
Thurrock 100 walks are of different lengths and on different terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and others mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. If this walk doesn’t suit you, there is probably another one that will.
You need to choose walks within your capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen.
Walk leaders will be at the start of the walk regardless of the weather. In the unlikely event of any unforeseen circumstances, Kinetika reserve the right to change or cancel a walk and/or performance. Please check the website regularly for any updates or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however Kinetika, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
What to bring
Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!
Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink.
We will be taking photographs and video of this event to promote and celebrate the project in print and online. If you do not give consent to be photographed or filmed, that’s absolutely fine, please let a member of the Kinetika team know on the day.
Download the flyer here: T100 2019 FLYER
Thurrock 100 would like to extend a huge thank you to its funders and delivery partners.