26th August 2018: Benfleet to Leigh on Sea

Despite the weather forecast for heavy rain, 9 people set off to walk from Benfleet. The  plan was to walk to Southend with the option of adding more than 2 miles by walking Southend Pier and back.  At Benfleet station the route took us uphill to reach Hadleigh Country Park while the weather was still dry.  A pleasant path with views of the Thames Estuary between the trees and bushes took us in the direction of Hadleigh Castle which we glimpsed. However the rain was not far away so we did not take the path upwards to reach the castle ruins but continued down to Leigh on Sea. By now the rain was heavy so we finished our walk with lunch in Leigh and headed for the station and journeyed home.

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