Southend Pier – family day out

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.

southend pier sunset

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.

southend pier view

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.

southend pier

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.

southend pier train

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 :)

southend pier cafe 

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.

southend pier

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

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

12 Comments

  1. Jamillah
    January 20, 2014 / 10:50 AM

    Can’t wait to see you at the ahndover, great plan to make a little trip of your recce. It’s not a bad old town we live in, glad that through sports Relief we get to share it with you! See you soon xxx

    • January 21, 2014 / 2:46 PM

      and I’ve only just scratched the surface of Southend – who knows what other treasures we may find?

      Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday xx

  2. January 20, 2014 / 5:38 PM

    Good luck this week – I’m sure it will go without a hitch! What an impressive pier, isn’t that the one that featured on Jamie Oliver’s programme recently? Thanks for linking up and sharing your photos with Country Kids.

    • January 21, 2014 / 2:45 PM

      YES it is! We saw the room where it is all filmed and it’s a storage unit on the pier – you wouldn’t believe he had been there if you hadn’t watched the film

  3. Tammy Chrzan
    January 20, 2014 / 7:16 PM

    I’d love to visit that pier. It looks lovely! And your children are absolutely gorgeous! !
    Tammy xx

  4. January 20, 2014 / 10:13 PM

    ONE MILE LONG?? Wow! That is lone long pier!! Looks like a fun, chilly day.

  5. January 21, 2014 / 11:25 AM

    Good luck with the ride, I am sure it will be fun.

    How are you getting from Gravesend to Essex? Boat? I was thinking you would have to cycle under the Dartford tunnel otherwise which would be horrible.

    • January 21, 2014 / 2:43 PM

      I have discovered you can’t cycle through the tunnel but have to wait to be transported over so husband will drive me over to Stanford le Hope and I’ll start from there, it’ll make it about 17 miles in all. I did a route on Endomondo which I shall publish sometime this week.

      I would have liked to get the ferry over but I’m not confident I’m fit enough for 27 miles and I couldn’t see a way to get to Corringham without using the VERY busy junction over the A13, hence a shorter start point.
      The closer it gets the more I’m panicking but I just clocked up 10 miles at the gym so at least that is something

  6. January 21, 2014 / 10:05 PM

    love those images..they make such great shots..off into the distance! its gorgeous!

  7. January 22, 2014 / 5:28 AM

    Yay for Saturday! And, err, that big building at the end is the cultural centre. It’s normally empty. Try not to judge us, yeah?! ;)

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