East Tilbury to Tilbury Fort

East Tilbury to Tilbury Fort.

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This ride is approximately 5 miles long , a flat ride takes you from East Tilbury past the historic Coalhouse Fort then west along the estuary towards Tilbury Power Station before bringing you back out on the banks of the Thames by Tilbury Fort. If you wish you can return by train but make sure you check the availability before you set out.

Starting from East Tilbury railway Station cycle along Princess Margaret Road towards the centre of East Tilbury. Continue to cycle along this road after East Tilbury for about 700 yards and then TURN RIGHT onto Station Road. Note:- if you continue a short distance along Princess Margaret Road you come to the famous Coalhouse Fort, which was built in 1874 and formed part of the coastal defenses in this area until 1962.

Continue to cycle along Station Road which takes you out into the countryside on a very flat course. After about three quarters of a mile you cross a bridge over the railway and at this point the road changes its name to Church Road.

Cycle along Church Road for about 400 yards and then TURN LEFT along Cooper Shaw Road. This road changes its name after a few hundred yards to Fort Road.

Continue along Fort Road as it twist and turns for about a mile where it brings you to the bank of the River Thames. At this point FOLLOW THE ROAD TO THE LEFT and after 400 yards you reach Tilbury Fort. The end of your ride before your journey back.
The first permanent fort at Tilbury was a D-shaped blockhouse built in 1539 by Henry VIII. The Fort is on the north bank of the River Thames and was built to defend London from attack from the sea, particularly during the Spanish Armada and the site is now open to the public

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