Grain Fort

Grain Fort, Isle of Grain

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machinmad
Yaxley, UK1,896 contributions
Historic …
Nov 2021 • Couples
An interesting platform in the mouth of the Medway. We were walking the coastal path around the Isle of grain, which provided lovely views of the Thames estuary. Lovely.
Written November 6, 2021
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Joanna O
London, UK96 contributions
adventure
May 2020 • Family
enjoyed the visit with my son, had to be quick as the tide was getting hide, good we had the right footwear
Written May 25, 2020
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Imbol
Iwade, UK78 contributions
Nice walk along the coastal path
Aug 2019 • Family
Well I wouldn't say we got close the the grain fort per se as it is over the marshy beach and some of the old pathway is gone...in fact as is supposed to be the case it is not very suitable for actually walking around as it is a dilapidated wartime building. But the kids loved to see it and also the sheerness garrison towers behind it. It made for some fun creative convos!

The car park for the fort is at st James school as part of the coastal park access.

Highly recommend For a nice day out
Written August 10, 2019
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Polly H
117 contributions
Creepy and Compelling Fort with Interesting History
Apr 2018 • Friends
I had been interested to visit Grain for a while and finding out about the Fort was another reason as I love exploring abandoned buildings.
The main problem I had was that I had seen so many photos of the Fort with what looked like a walkway that I didn't think it was so far out and didn't do my research very well. We arrived just after high tide so we didn't fancy making the walk, which looks muddy and quite possibly treacherous in places, just in case we ended up stranded.
So we took photos from a distance and did a really long walk and explore up Grain beach, checking out the wildlife, stopping for a short picnic and then climbing on the WWII battery and gun mount further down. Most of the tunnels have been filled in but you can still climb up and have a look at the old concrete buildings.
There is a small cafe by the car park at the beach where you can get a drink and use the loo but it closes quite early in the day, 3.30pm I think.
Getting to Grain is a nice drive on a clear day, long winding roads across open, flat marsh. It's a fascinating place and the Grain Tower has an interesting history from the Napoleonic war to WWII. Definitely worth a wander past if you're looking for something unusual. As previous reviewers have said, you can access the tower itself but it is dangerous and you must checks tides so as not to become stranded out there! There is a walkway, but it is old and most of it is under mud which sucks wellies off and takes some time to traverse.Great spot for eery photographs though.
Written May 22, 2018
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rogerdD7511JS
118 contributions
Off the beaten track!
Sep 2017
Fort from the Napoleonic wars situated on the Isle of Grain overlooking the Medway. Grain is literally the end of the road past the gas terminals and power stations on this "island". Beyond that the road peters out and becomes tracks and paths. In the distance the fort can be seen and is easily reached but be aware of the tides and you should take your wellies. Fort has been deserted for years but is a reminder of how close Britain was to invasion by France. Strange place.
Written September 17, 2017
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rainbows
Kenley, UK45 contributions
Day of exploring
Sep 2016 • Friends
Great place, it was funny trying to walk over the stone walkway (what's left of it)
we got soaking feet and got stuck in the muddy sand (take wellies)
my friends went up the ladder and fully explored the fort, we love old buildings it was lots of fun.
Written September 1, 2016
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Andy M
Rochester, UK15 contributions
It's off limits
Jul 2015 • Solo
I was off work last year, so decided to go and have a closer look, you have to wade out at high tide, climb a rope then walk about inside, I took a camera, not much to see but it's a little adventure if you are bored
Written May 22, 2016
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Andrew M
Leicestershire, UK425 contributions
Napoleonic Fort
Jan 2016 • Friends
An amazing old fort which is easily accessible at low tide.
The fort has WW2 additions including old gun housings and ammunition hoist.
Great views from the top.
Make sure you check the tide tables before venturing out or you will have to wait a few hours before the next low tide!
Written January 25, 2016
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