Southend is home to the longest pier in the world stretching out into the Thames estuary 1.34 miles, if you don’t fancy the walk along the pier then there is a train that travels up and down the pier transporting people to the ned and back. Since opening up in the early 19th century, the pier has had its fair share of bad luck, suffering from 4 fires, a boat crashing into it and been closed down a number of occasions due to safety.
Southend coast consists of large mudflats so the water is never very deep when the tide is in. Back in the 19th century boats were unable to stop at Southend when the tide was out as the mudflats went on for over a mile. Visitors then went on to the next seaside town along the coast. The Pier was built so that boats could reach Southend in low and high tide.
Lucky for us it is now a major tourist attraction for us all to enjoy.
It’s half term and we decided to visit Southend for a walk along the seafront and a portion of chips. The sun was shining and it was a glorious winters day.
The children had a little play on the sand, where they collected up all of the seaweed that had come in with the tide and rested up against the sea wall. They ran around really enjoying themself. They had their wellies on but didn’t spend much time on the muddy sand or playing in the little play area that was there, they much prefered to play with the seaweed and explore along the stone wall.
It was a lovely calm day, even though the sun was shining it was still very chilly, especially when the sun went behind a cloud. It was perfect weather for a walk along the pier. We had Nan with us so decided against walking the full length and catching the train instead.
The train went quite slow, a little bumpy in places but was a very pleasant journey. The children loved looking out over the mudflats and trying to spot the stones and any little fish that were flapping around in the low puddles. Joseph was quite sure he saw a seal laying in the mud but I’m not convinced! lol
The train journey wasn’t long before we was at the end of the pier. It was very cold. We had a walk around and looked out around us taking in the views.
The children had lots of fun running along the end of the pier, It was too cold for Nan so she went and warmed up in the cafe, whilst we walked around and took in the views.
Another thing that The Southend Pier has become famous for is Jimmy & Jamies cafe, which I think is only open in the summer. We had a sneaky peek through the windows, It looks so much smaller than it does on the television. Not sure how they fit the camera crew in there!
Before heading back to the train for the journey back we had a little pose in front of the building. Small eh!
After blowing the cobwebs away on our chilly walk along the pier we found a little friendly cafe along the front where we had chips and a drink before heading back to the car to go back home.
A visit the seaside shouldn’t just be for those warm days, licking away on an ice cream and paddling in the water but it’s perfect on those chilly winter days for a fresh walk along the front and warm up with a hot chocolate and steaming chips.