18th October 2015: Benfleet to Southend

11 of us (plus Woody) caught the train to Benfleet and set off along the Creek with Canvey Island on our right. We soon turned inland, crossing the railway line, and climbed steeply up to the ruins of Hadleigh Castle with views over the Thames Estuary. Some members enjoyed refreshments at the Salvation Army cafe before eating lunch at the Castle. From here it was downhill to the busy village of Old Leigh ( we were passed by a strange person running while pulling a ball and chain attached to his waist…). Then it was straight along the seafront, passing the Crowstone which marks the point where the Thames becomes the sea (or so some people say), before tea and cake at the cafe by the bowling green, and returning home from our day at the seaside.


Hadleigh Castle

Hadleigh Castle

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