Swap the sofa for the great outdoors this January as part of a new RSPB partnership with Sport England. Here at Rainham Marshes nature reserve, you can beat the festive blues and combat the mince pies by running, climbing and cycling with wildlife. This new project is aimed at increasing support for wildlife by giving people new opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and get Active in Nature.
We will be hiring out bikes of all sizes (including a baby buggy!) which will allow you to explore along the river wall part of the reserve, taking in views of the Thames and upriver towards London. Rainham is ideally positioned for a cycle adventure, with easy access to Sustrans Route 13 and further afield, exploring Beam Valley and The Gaynes Parkway.
We will also be offering guided cycle rides so you can discover more about the marshes and appreciate the stunning views and wildlife.
If you have your own bike and can’t seem to fix that pesky puncture, or your gears are grinding, then bring it along to one of our Dr Bike maintenance sessions where we can fix your bike (or point you in the direction of a local shop) as well as give you key tips to keep you and your bike safe!
Feeling extra adventurous? Come and explore our nature inspired climbing activities within the reserve. Here you can try out slacklining to test your balance (a bit like tightrope walking on a taught line) and at the end of the month we will have climbing boulders to test your strength and spirit on the variety of routes – all accompanied by the reserves soothing soundtrack of birds and other wildlife. Challenge yourself by seeing how high you can get and have a go at some of the games and activities on offer. The boulder grades range from beginner to more advanced (V0 – V5) to develop your climbing skills.
Mix up your leisurely stroll around the reserve trails with our Nature Navigators orienteering trail. Can you navigate your way between the various clues around the reserve with a map and compass to unlock the mystery posed by our trail master?
New Year, New You? Take your running off the treadmill and into the great outdoors! If you’re completely new to running or have been going for a while – there’s a session to suit you at Rainham Marshes. The Rainham Harriers running club offers you an opportunity to move your weekly road run into a wildlife rich environment, taking in the sights and sounds along the reserve’s river wall.
Throughout January we will have a whole range of free taster sessions to get you active outdoors!
For more about the Active in Nature project go to the RSPB website.