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Rebecca’s guidebook

Rebecca

Rebecca’s guidebook

Neighborhoods
Leigh has a village vibe and a great community spirit. People are friendly and always willing to stop for a chat. The Broadway and the Leigh Road are the main shopping areas, with lots of independent shops, cafes & bars. Quite often there will be live music in the bars
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Leigh-on-Sea
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Leigh has a village vibe and a great community spirit. People are friendly and always willing to stop for a chat. The Broadway and the Leigh Road are the main shopping areas, with lots of independent shops, cafes & bars. Quite often there will be live music in the bars
This area is in the Old Town on the other side of the railway line. There are restaurants, cafes and 4 pubs within a few hundred metres
High Street
This area is in the Old Town on the other side of the railway line. There are restaurants, cafes and 4 pubs within a few hundred metres
Local sights
This is a very small beach but it has a paddling pool to keep the little ones occupied. The toilets at Bell Wharf are usually kept quite clean. In the summer, the beach is raked and cleaned. The Estuary here is tidal and comes in for 4 hours a day. There is a beach information board which will tell you when High Tide is. If know the area then you will be able to walk out to the creek and across the mudflats but be aware the tide starts to flood the mudflats about 3 hours before high tide - so always be careful
Bell Wharf Beach
This is a very small beach but it has a paddling pool to keep the little ones occupied. The toilets at Bell Wharf are usually kept quite clean. In the summer, the beach is raked and cleaned. The Estuary here is tidal and comes in for 4 hours a day. There is a beach information board which will tell you when High Tide is. If know the area then you will be able to walk out to the creek and across the mudflats but be aware the tide starts to flood the mudflats about 3 hours before high tide - so always be careful
Ancient woodland with clearly marked paths
Belfairs Wood, Park & Nature Reserve
Ancient woodland with clearly marked paths
Ruins of an ancient castle. Nice walk from Leigh Station. Cafe run by the Salvation Army
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Hadleigh Castle
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Ruins of an ancient castle. Nice walk from Leigh Station. Cafe run by the Salvation Army
Right next to Chalkwell Train station. Cafe & toilets nearby. Walk from Chalkwell to Leigh along the cinder path next to the railway line
Chalkwell Beach
Right next to Chalkwell Train station. Cafe & toilets nearby. Walk from Chalkwell to Leigh along the cinder path next to the railway line
If you can't park on the streets either side of the Broadway, you might find a space at this small car park
North Street Car Park
20 North St
If you can't park on the streets either side of the Broadway, you might find a space at this small car park
Food scene
The very lovely Sarah runs this friendly dog-mad place. Be prepared to queue for a table on Sundays but you can sometimes reserve one if you call ahead.
Sara's Tea Garden
64 High St
The very lovely Sarah runs this friendly dog-mad place. Be prepared to queue for a table on Sundays but you can sometimes reserve one if you call ahead.
Cafe at Chalkwell Beach, great coffees & ice cream. They also hire out SUPs
Saltwater Beach Cafe
111 Chalkwell Esplanade
Cafe at Chalkwell Beach, great coffees & ice cream. They also hire out SUPs
Fantastic Thai food restaurant. Booking required
Manoly's
31-33 Broadway
Fantastic Thai food restaurant. Booking required
Family pizzeria
Irmas
9 Elm Rd
Family pizzeria
Great coffees & custard tarts
Corner Club
44-46 Broadway
Great coffees & custard tarts
Good quality Fish & Chips but restaurant closes at 8pm
The Mayflower
6 High St
Good quality Fish & Chips but restaurant closes at 8pm
Great for takeaway & open late. Also has seating area
Fish to Go
40-42 Elm Rd
Great for takeaway & open late. Also has seating area
Family run friendly cafe. Also offers SUP sessions
Saltwater Beach Cafe
111 Chalkwell Esplanade
Family run friendly cafe. Also offers SUP sessions
Great dining experience, the speciality is fish. Has outside seating area that is dog-friendly​
The Sand Bar & Seafood Co
71 Broadway
Great dining experience, the speciality is fish. Has outside seating area that is dog-friendly​
Activity
Opportunity to learn how to Kite-Surf in the Thames Estuary
Southend Kitesurfing
Opportunity to learn how to Kite-Surf in the Thames Estuary
Olympic Mountain Bike venue. Fantastic cycling from the Green family routes, to the Black nerve wracking paths.
Hadleigh Park
Olympic Mountain Bike venue. Fantastic cycling from the Green family routes, to the Black nerve wracking paths.
The kids love this place
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Adventure Island
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The kids love this place
Sightseeing
The walk to the end of the pier is bracing 1.25 miles. Cafe at the end to make it worth your while. Great views. Train back.
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Southend Pier Museum
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The walk to the end of the pier is bracing 1.25 miles. Cafe at the end to make it worth your while. Great views. Train back.