Amazingly at this location on Cooling Marshes a 900m section of the seawall has now been removed as a managed realignment site called "Site X". The seawall has been breached to create one of two compensatory mudflats to mitigate the construction of the DP World London Gateway site in Essex mentioned above. A new seawall has been built further inland to allow the estuarine waters to flood in and out with the tide. This has created a new mudflat habitat for many animals, especially breeding and wintering birds. The first time I saw this site I was amazed, as it seems to have sprung up overnight, without much consultation or being mentioned in the Kent press. All in all I believe it to be a good idea and if you look closely here at low water the original footings of the seawall can still be seen. What has happened as a positive is that the path from Cliffe village used to finish about a kilometre from the wall despite there being a trackway to it, meaning that there was no access to the foreshore. On several occasions in the past I had risked walking this trackway only to be stopped by someone living in a mobile caravan at the sheepfold and reminded it was private. Although allowed to continue on the path, it always made it a bit awkward, meaning I avoided the route. However now the seawall has been moved it connects with this path and means everyone can join or leave the seawall at this location, opening this area up to all walkers. Remember there is only one footpath running out from Cliffe village onto the marsh and alterations to the seawall have yet to be mapped, but please believe me when I tell you, you can now access the foreshore here.
Sadly this point also means the end of our coast walk today and we must now use the same footpath to walk into Cliffe village for our bus home. It's been a great day and I would like to thank the Wrong Roaders boys for joining me. 11.21 miles.