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This is the seventh in a series of walks along the Thames from London to the sea.

Swanscombe Peninsula is just outside the M25 yet a very isolated place, home to many kinds of marshland birds. The whole area is due to be developed as a theme park soon, so this walk is a chance to look at the area in its current state, criss-crossed by electricity pylons and fringed by industry. The walk will take in an important archaeological site – Swanscombe Heritage Park, Ingress Abbey, built in part from stone from the old London Bridge and Broadness Lighthouse.

The walk is around 5 miles in total and involves much uneven and possibly damp terrain, so walking boots are advised. Last time I walked to the lighthouse it involved wading waist deep in grass, but this is just a short part of the whole walk and is optional.

There are few facilities in the area so bring a packed lunch.