Rural Sites and Seaside Delights
Forget the traffic and forget the noise. The gently rolling landscape of Essex, sprinkled with rivers and lit by constantly changing East Anglian skies, miles of country lanes, hidden byways, bridleways and public footpaths is best explored by walking or cycling.
For passionate walkers the countryside around the district of Rochford offers some spectacular vistas which can be enjoyed by walking The Roach Valley Way.
The trail is using Southend-on-Sea as a base where you and your family can enjoy a variety of activities. The town remains a magnet for people wishing to get away for some fun, relaxation and culture. It has it all - from the thrilling rides to clean, safe beaches (3 Blue Flags and 7 Quality Coast Awards) to beautiful parks and gardens, exciting festival events, museums and galleries, theatres, nightclubs, and more than 300 places to eat. Plus, of course, the world's longest pleasure Pier stretching 1.33 miles out to sea. With a glorious seven-mile stretch of coastline, it would be easy to think that Southend-on-Sea is just about beautiful beaches, exhilarating watersports and stunning views - but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Parking available in villages and towns throughout the route.
Nearest train station: Rayleigh and Rochford train stations are both on the route.
Southend-on-Sea and the Roach Valley