On the eastern edge of the city, Rainham Marshes provides Londoners with an easy way to access a unique nature reserve. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is responsible for the marshes and has done an amazing job making the reserve accessible for everyone including families with young children.
6 Activities for Kids at Rainham Marshes
- You’ll find a small play area for young kids next to the RSPB visitor centre
- Watching wildlife, particularly birds – look for Marsh Harriers, Little Egrets and Bitterns
- Within the reserve, there’s a more challenging adventure playground with boulder climbing
- Several cycle routes around the marshes (see below)
- You can choose from three different nature trails which are marked with signposts:
- Circular trail: 3.8 km walking trail taking you past several hides
- Woodland trail: 0.8 km walk close to the visitor centre
- Riverside trail: 2.4 km along the River Thames
- Bring a camera (with zoom!) and take advantage of the hides to photograph birds without disturbing them
Family friendly cycling experience i natural surroundings
By cycling around the reserve you get to experience one of London’s few remaining ancient landscapes, with marshes dating back to medieval times. Make sure to take a break on your route to watch the wide range of birds along the reserve and look out for seals and old barges in the Thames!
- Rainham Marshes is a great place for family cycling, we recommend the 8.5 km “Reserve Loop” with great views of the Thames
- Mountain bikes and bike buggies can be hired from reception at the visitor centre
- Cycling maps are also available at the visitor centre with routes ranging from 5 km to 25 km