16 May 2009

Thames Crossings 33: Tilbury-Gravesend Ferry


Downriver from the Dartford Crossing is the final traverse of the Thames before the sea: the Tilbury-Gravesend Ferry. It runs every half hour. Singles are £2.70, returns £4.10, and bikes go free.

Getting here is a bit of a journey, but you have a choice of banks. On the south bank you can follow National Cycle Route 1 from Woolwich via Dartford (report). On the north side a good new traffic-free path follows the north side of the Thames; it was opened early this year, and runs from Rainham in Essex to Tilbury. (Roadside cycle paths lead from Woolwich to Rainham alongside the A13; see report on the 30-mile route from Woolwich to Tilbury.)

6 comments:

  1. Great series- I've been reading through but not had any useful comments to make. I'm wondering what the local equivalent would be, but the Rhine is a bit long...

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  2. Indeed, now you've completed these, are you planning to put them together in a handy little supplement somewhere on bike99.com? Would be very helpful.

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  3. There's now a handy at-a-glance index page to all the bridges, together with links to a handy Google map, at
    http://www.bike99.com/thamescrossings.html

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  4. Excellent, thanks! Cambridge has been informed...

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  5. if you want a quick way from central London to Gravesend, you can get the new HiSpeed bullet trains to Ebbsfleet and then follow the cycle paths along all the roads to the ferry. All a bit urban and run down in places, but only 15 mins from St Pancras. The bullets have lots of space for bikes (although not labeled as such) in the wheelchair spaces.

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  6. Gravesend - Tilbury is the last ferry crossing across the Thames before the Thames reaches the sea.

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