There’s nothing quite like a seaside stroll to give you a refreshing walk along the Thames Estuary and enjoy the many beautiful sights that line the coast of Southend-On-Sea.
Take a refreshing walk along the Thames Estuary and enjoy the many beautiful sights that line the coast of Southend-On-Sea.
There’s nothing quite like a seaside stroll to give you a breath of fresh air and connect you with nature, and we’re lucky to have some lovely walks in and around Southend-On-Sea. Whether you’re spotting the dippers at high tide, watching the sunshine off the mud flats when the tide is out, or listening to the whir of the pier train, there is something for everyone.
Pick up a coffee on the way or bring a picnic and have a break as you enjoy the breeze, seaside sounds and sometimes, the sunshine!
Thorpe Bay Beach
A great place to start is near Ocean Beach and take a walk up towards the Roslin Hotel which is as popular with locals as it is with visitors thanks to the stunning views of the wide Thorpe Bay beach and rustic rowing boats often moored up on the sand. There are several coffee shops along this route if you fancy a hot drink and a walk on the sand. There are also several traditional shelters for some shade in the summer months.
Colourful Beach Huts
Further along Thorpe Esplanade are a beautiful strip of multi-coloured idyllic seaside beach huts. Pick out your favourite candy stripe colours as you watch some of the regular wild swimmers take a dip along this clean and crisp part of the Estuary. And if you’re feeling brave, why not dip your toes in!
For an authentic seaside experience Shoebury Common is home to Uncle Tom’s Cabin; take a pew and enjoy a sandwich with a view of more stunning beach huts and finish it off with a classic soft-serve ice cream cone. Here you’ll find buckets, spades, and seaside knick-knacks. Plus, with ample parking and toilet facilities this is a great spot to use as a base if you’re travelling by car.
If you’re interested in a little history, head around the corner to the Shoebury Garrison Conservation Area which includes a memorial as well as residential homes, many with a special architectural or historic interest. The cobbles and listed buildings give a glimpse into the military history of the area.
This is just a few miles of the Southend coast, and with many other areas to explore in Old Leigh, Westcliff and Central Southend, there are endless opportunities to have scenic fun, and inexpensive days out.