17, Leigh-on-Sea to Southend

The only way is Essex and it certainly is on this fab route that combines a nature reserve, ornamental gardens, classic coastal views and seaside frivolity in Southend!


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No. of Attractions:

6 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

24 minutes

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Starting point:

Leigh-on-Sea Railway Station (Bus Stop 4)

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Journey fact:

During the 18th century, Leigh-on-Sea's strategic location along the Thames Estuary made it a prime destination for smugglers looking to evade customs officials and smuggle contraband goods such as alcohol, tobacco, and textiles into England. The town's secluded coves and hidden caves provided ideal hiding spots for smugglers to stash their illicit cargo before distributing it inland. Legend has it that smugglers would use secret tunnels and passages beneath the town's streets to transport their goods undetected.

Journey Overview

The pretty journey commences with the bus crossing the Belton Hills Nature Reserve, with green shrubbery and foliage either side of the bus as it cuts inland slightly and heads towards the centre of Leigh-on-Sea, stopping close to the Library Gardens and beside the St. Clement’s Church. Past independent shops in Broadway, the bus makes its way along Grand Parade and then impressive, slightly grandiouse, white traditional houses that are typical of many classic seaside resorts. Closer to the sea, the bus approaches Chalkwell railway station with the coastline just the other side of the track, but briefly views of waves splashing in visible, nonetheless, before the route moves inland, northwards, then back south again. Chalkwell Esplanade emerges and the bus makes its way alongside the sea, tantalisingly so before again cutting in again, passing large elegant detached houses with splendid gardens in Crowstone Avenue.

The route straddles the railway line now firstly to Westcliff on Sea station then along Cambridge Road with its pleasant, tall trees on the left and into bustling Southend Central. Onto the bus station and this lovely journey comes to an end, close to the coastal frivolity of Southend, such as the famous Pier and Adventure Island as well as the various amusement arcades, restaurants, pubs and not far from the delightful Cliff Gardens for those seeking a serene retreat from the eclectic fun of this fabulous Essex town.



A Fab Day Out!

Leigh-on-Sea, with its charming Old Town and bustling waterfront, provides a perfect starting point for a fab day out. Explore the quaint streets lined with independent shops, art galleries, and cafes. Don’t miss a stroll along the historic Old Leigh waterfront, where you can admire the traditional fishing boats and indulge in freshly caught seafood at one of the local pubs or seafood restaurants. Leigh Library Gardens is also a great place to spot off – it’s a fairly large open space, with children’s playground and is a magnet for birds and squirrels as though seeking a break from shopping close by.

As the bus continues its journey, it arrives in Chalkwell – take a leisurely walk through Chalkwell Park, a beautiful green space with landscaped gardens (including a courtyard-style sun garden and rose garden recognised by the National Rose Society), ornamental ponds, and recreational facilities for all ages.

Next, the bus arrives in Westcliff-on-Sea, offering stunning views of the Thames Estuary and the longest pleasure pier in the world. Explore the bustling seafront promenade, lined with amusement arcades, cafes, and ice cream parlours. Take a ride on the historic Southend Pier Railway or simply relax on the beach and soak in the coastal atmosphere.

Be sure to visit Adventure Island, an amusement park with thrilling rides and attractions for the whole family. Take a stroll along the vibrant seafront, dotted with shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

For a cultural experience, explore the iconic Southend Pier, which extends into the Thames Estuary and offers panoramic views of the coastline. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Southend Sea Life Adventure aquarium, home to a diverse array of marine life from around the world.


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