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Leigh-on-Sea

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Slow Ways linking Leigh-on-Sea and Basildon, Canvey Island, Rayleigh, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea

England / Essex / Leigh-on-Sea

Leigh-on-Sea’s five Slow Ways are 55% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 4/5
verified: 1/5
and surveyed: 1/5

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Slow Way Route To do
Basildon—Leigh-on-Sea
Baslei one

Verify me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 131m Descent 154m
Basildon—Leigh-on-Sea
Baslei two Verify me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 139m Descent 160m
Canvey Island—Leigh-on-Sea
Canlei one Review me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 48m Descent 41m
Canvey Island—Leigh-on-Sea
Canlei two Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 44m Descent 39m
Canvey Island—Leigh-on-Sea
Canlei three Pioneer me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 44m Descent 38m
Canvey Island—Leigh-on-Sea
Canlei four Pioneer me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 46m Descent 38m
Leigh-on-Sea—Southend-on-Sea
Leigsou one Enjoy me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 37m Descent 61m
Leigh-on-Sea—Rochford
Leiroc one Pioneer me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 85m Descent 80m
Rayleigh—Leigh-on-Sea
Raylei one

Double check Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 62m Descent 112m

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Collective progress

50% of Leigh-on-Sea’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

6/9

reviewed

2/9

surveyed

1/9

verified

9 people have contributed to Leigh-on-Sea’s Slow Ways

2 people have pledged to walk and review a route

2 people have surveyed a route in Leigh-on-Sea

63km out of 89km have been walked and reviewed

166km of reviews have been shared in Leigh-on-Sea

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Safe, direct and probably a lot easier in dry conditions. Certainly easy to follow. A nice variety of paths and surroundings....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Baslei two

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This route is not exactly what we walked, as we followed the first part of the bridlepath through Benfleet Downs, but having moved onto the well surfaced country park track a little later, we decided that it offers a much easier route in wet conditions, though it does have one additional small hill. The path takes us past a housing estate and onto a surfaced track through the park into Benfleet, where more pavements take us to the path leading to Benfleet Downs country park. We did rejoin the country park track at the earliest possible opportunity, and it offers an easy and popular route until it turns uphill to visit Hadleigh Castle, Here we lose the surfaced track, and go straight on along the edge of several wet clay fields, to emerge just above Leigh-on-Sea station, which is reached by an easy pavement walk down the hill....

Hugh Hudson

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Basildon—Leigh-on-Sea

Hugh Hudson added Baslei two, a new walk from Basildon to Leigh-on-Sea

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Directs you to walk through the grounds of a private care home...

David Sanderson

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Relaxing, safe and interest filled....

David Sanderson

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A few notes on the GPX plot: firstly fitter walkers may want to use the shortcut with steps down to the Leigh High Road....

Hugh Hudson

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Unfortunately I am going to have to fail it and submit an alternative because the route down into Vange does not work as drawn - the GPX suggests turning left onto Downs Grove but there is no route through to London Road that way - the route that works goes straight across (see BASLEI two)....

Hugh Hudson

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The route to this point is a mix of wide gravel paths and narrow muddy paths, not suitable for wheels. Once the route gets to Pitsea it becomes much more urban and trickier to navigate, the stretch across the golf course in particular, GPS track helped me it here....

Alex Thornton

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The official route does have some steps and steep oaths which can be easily avoided by making a slight diversion via Shorefield Rd...

Alex Thornton

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Quite flat apart from the path down the cliff at Southend. Struck me as a safe-feeling walk for a single female to do. Lots to look at....

Hilary Walden

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Lovely route along the sea front....

Dan Barron

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The walk goes past the interesting Benfleet sailing club and the canvey Island golf club before taking the back alley almost all the way to the centre of Canvey....

Slow Ways Darren

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A relatively accessible beautiful walking route between Leigh on Sea and Southend. I walked it in the reverse direction but I don't think that makes any difference. It is a lovely wide easy walk through the pedestrianised Southend and then along the sea front....

Slow Ways Darren

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From Basildon station there is a short stretch of roadside walking before crossing a golf course. The path across the course is not well marked and easy to take a wrong turn. There is a viewpoint at Pitsea Mount and I took a short detour off path to the top to see a view across the estuary and the ruin of St Michael's church. A short suburban road ,across a patch of grass into a field beside the railway. From here the walk changes from suburban to open countryside. There is a slight rise in the path as it approaches Leigh-on-Sea and a short stretch by the road to the station....

Strider

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It was high tide and the sea was close to the path, perhaps not a walk to do in stormy weather! Close to Southsea the path climbs stairs and steep slopes through park and gardens and along the cliff top with good views....

Strider

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This route as currently shown involves (in my opinion) an unsafe crossing of the A127 - a very busy dual carriageway....

Snail44

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At the end of the path, cross over Canvey Road bridge to Benfleet, turn right and cross over the railway line - there are steps- and from there it’s a straight path towards Leigh-on-Sea....

Saira

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I really enjoyed this walk (and its one I’ve done many times.) It’s very flat and direct, with lovely sweeping views across the estuary. There are many places to stop for tea (lunch or snacks) on the way. If you’re a wheelchair user, as an alternative to going up to Westcliffe Parade through the gardens, you can keep on along the seafront/ Western Esplanade until you get to Southend Cliff Railway....

Saira

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Leigh-on-Sea

danravenellison surveyed Leigh-on-Sea

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Leigh-on-Sea

Emily Lusty surveyed Leigh-on-Sea

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Leigh-on-Sea

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Leigh-on-Sea—Rochford

Tony Gordon added Leiroc one, a new walk from Leigh-on-Sea to Rochford

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Basildon—Leigh-on-Sea

Slow Ways added Baslei one, a new walk from Basildon to Leigh-on-Sea

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Canvey Island—Leigh-on-Sea

Slow Ways added Canlei one, a new walk from Canvey Island to Leigh-on-Sea

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Canvey Island—Leigh-on-Sea

Slow Ways added Canlei two, a new walk from Canvey Island to Leigh-on-Sea

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Canvey Island—Leigh-on-Sea

Slow Ways added Canlei three, a new walk from Canvey Island to Leigh-on-Sea

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Canvey Island—Leigh-on-Sea

Slow Ways added Canlei four, a new walk from Canvey Island to Leigh-on-Sea

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Leigh-on-Sea—Southend-on-Sea

Slow Ways added Leigsou one, a new walk from Leigh-on-Sea to Southend-on-Sea

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Rayleigh—Leigh-on-Sea

Slow Ways added Raylei one, a new walk from Rayleigh to Leigh-on-Sea

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Leigh-on-Sea, Wed 24 July

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Leigh-on-Sea’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ8319785798

Lat / Lon

51.54135° / 0.64040°

Easting / Northing

583,197E / 185,798N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Leigh-on-Sea's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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