Essex Rivers Hub

At present there is little public access to the Mardyke river valley between Tank Hill Road and Ship Lane. We would like to see a continuous footpath creation from the Thames along the whole of the Mardyke River valley.

There is very good public access along the Mardyke beginning at Ship Lane and extending towards the North Ockendon area and some access between the Thames and Tank Hill Road. We would like to connect these two footpath/bridlepath areas so people can walk from the Thames to North Ockendon along the Mardyke River Valley.

Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions regarding this project idea.


River Mardyke

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good ecological statusby 2027

Project type

Public access creation

Benefiting species and/or habitats

This would open up the area for the public to enjoy and create community pride in the Mardyke. We feel this would make local people care more about the river and report any potential problems more promptly so that more immediate action can be taken to reduce pollution incidences, etc.

Project lead

Essex Wildlife Trust

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Essex Wildlife Trust, Essex Biodiversity Project and the Environment Agency

Funding source

none at present

Website key stakeholders:

Environment Agency logo      Essex Wildlife Trust logo            Essex Biodiversity Project logo

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust