Swanscombe Marshes, near Dartford, is an easy site to visit and well-serviced by local transport.
Two good access points are via Botany Road and from the Ingress Park foreshore.
Botany Road is reached via the A226, the turning is by the football stadium. After a few hundred metres there are some laybys on the side of the lane. New public access gates have been installed here by Britannia Refined Metals and lead to some new paths across a particularly rich area of historic grazing marsh and wet grassland. This is a great area to look for kingfisher, lapwing, dragonflies and if you’re lucky – water voles! Trails lead from this area across the rest of the site.
The woodlands car park located on Eagles Road is a good point to access the west of the site from. From here, walk down the lane, turn right by The Pier pub and head through the gate leading along the shore. The views of the river here are excellent and amongst our favourite in the area. After 10 minutes the riverside path leads directly onto the marshes, past the new flats.
*We’re not currently aware of any bike parks in the area (other than at Greenhithe station) but there are lots of lamposts/railings (at your own risk etc).
Swanscombe Marshes is easily reached via Greenhithe and Northfleet rail stations on the Charing Cross, Waterloo, Blackheath/Lewisham and Dartford line.
From Greenhithe walk down the hill to the roundabout, bear right and cross the road to Station Road, you’ll see the river ahead. Follow this to the right and you’ll soon reach the riverside path.
From Northfleet follow signs to the High Street and Stonebridge Road (Ebbsfleet United FC) Cross the roundabout, keep the petrol station on your left and look for Botany Road on the other side. This leads to the marshes (see above) Please note this can be a busy stretch of road.
Local services operate, check TFL or local providers.
Once on the marshes a public footpath is accessible (check a map site for details) We hope you enjoy your visit.
A talented local graphic designer has created a downloadable map to help people enjoy their visit – have a look here
Disclaimer: some paths can be muddy or uneven, we are not responsible for their upkeep. All visitors to the area do so at their own risk.