5 more sleeps to go before I tackle my cycle ride over to Southend to transport the #teamhonkrelay baton on it’s journey up to John O’Groats.
I asked husband to drive me over as Essex is not my county and I don’t know the roads I have chosen to ride. We spent over an hour following my journey, getting lost on tricky bits, shouting at each other a bit and finally reaching our destination Southend Pier where I am to hand over the baton to the Southend Team.
I have decided to cut off the bit from Tilbury to Corringham as there are extensive roadworks and we couldn’t figure out how to pass from the quiet beautiful village of Stanford le Hope over to Corringham without using the VERY busy junction over the A13 something I want to avoid at all costs. So husband will drop me off next Saturday morning and meet me later at Southend Pier with the girls.
Finished our reccy, we met up with our family for a walk on Southend Pier which is 1 mile long. The longest pier in the world!
There is a train running the length of the pier which you can use both ways or just for a single journey but payment has to be made at the beginning of the pier.
We walked along as the sun started to set and there was a cold wind whipping at our coats luckily we had hats and gloves with us.
Southend Pier is renowned for being bumped into by ships! I find this quite extraordinary as the pier reaches out a mile into the sea and can be clearly seen from the coast plus it is lit up at night but apparently it’s quite common and the pier has had to be repaired on a few occasions now. You can see the new planks as you walk along :)
At the end of the pier you’ll find the RNLI lifeboat, a very stylish cafe plus a well used conference centre, I’d LOVE to attend a conference on the pier, what a brilliant idea.
So lots of fresh air and lots of fun was had on Southend Pier and we will be returning next week to hand over the Team Honk relay baton.
If you would like to sponsor me for my mammoth effort of cycling Gravesend – Southend please visit my Gravesend Team Honk page here
Parking on the street is paid by meter, we paid £2 for 2 hours which was sufficient
We chose the Walk & Ride option and a family ticket cost £9.00