Benfleet to Chalkwell with brunch at Salvation Army Tea Rooms/ ice cream at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sat 13th July 9.15am-2.30pm
Walk 8 of T100 Welcome to the Kitchen Table
A panoramic estuary path walk from Benfleet to Chalkwell, viewing the nature reserves created to help protect this extremely diverse, but scarce natural environment.
We pass Barge Gladys, continue along and break at Hadleigh Castle.
We stop for brunch and sharing of stories and drawings at the Salvation Army Tea Rooms where food is prepared, cooked and served by their trainees. Much of the produce used is grown on site by the Horticultural teams relating back to William Booth, founder of this self-sufficient colony 1891.
We continue on through Hadleigh into Belfairs Nature Reserve, though to the Woodland Centre. Finally, follow the Prittle Brook Greenway, up to Leigh High Street and re-join the Thames Estuary Path to Chalkwell Beach.
Southend’s Village Green festival, run by Metal, takes place on 13th July. Find out more here.
- Meet: Benfleet Train Station, South Benfleet, Benfleet SS7 1NE
- 9.15 am: Registration
- 9.30 am: Walk starts
- 11am – 12.30pm: Brunch at Salvation Army Tea Rooms
- 1.15 – 1.30 pm Comfort break /ice cream stop at Belfairs Woodland centre
- 2.30 pm: Walk ends at Chalkwell Station, The Ridgeway, Chalkwell, Essex, SS0 8PX
- Duration: 5 hours
- Distance: Approx 8 miles
- Grading: Moderate with difficult parts.
- Terrain: The walk is very varied including public road, pavement and steps. There is uneven marshland terrain, managed footpaths of sand, stone, gravel and woodland trails. This walk is not accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
- Walk Leaders: Sally Chinea and Hazel Huber
All T100 walks are free to join but you must reserve your place on Eventbrite.
Car park at the start: Benfleet Station £3.00 all day, closes at 17:00
JustPark is available.
Car park at the end: There is no parking at Chalkwell Park Station.
Roadside parking a distance beyond the double yellow lines around the station.
Seafront £2.30 – 2hrs free after 18:00
JustPark is available.
Car parks en route:
Hadleigh Tea rooms – Car park here £6.00 all day, closes at 4.30 p.m.
Belfairs Woodland Centre – free parking all day
Leigh station- open 24 hrs, £3.00 all day parking
Leigh to Benfleet £2.80 single fare
Chalkwell to Benfleet £3.00 single fare.
This walk is not accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. It encounters uneven surfaces, a steep hill climb, path furniture including cattle grates, stiles and a footpath rail crossing. Within the walk there is a long flight of steps, down (St. Clements Church). NB there is no lift.
Thurrock 100 walks are of different lengths and on different terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and others mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. If this walk doesn’t suit you, there is probably another one that will.
You need to choose walks within your capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen.
Walk leaders will be at the start of the walk regardless of the weather. In the unlikely event of any unforeseen circumstances, Kinetika reserve the right to change or cancel a walk and/or performance. Please check the website regularly for any updates or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however Kinetika, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
What to bring
Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!
Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink.
We will be taking photographs and video of this event to promote and celebrate the project in print and online. If you do not give consent to be photographed or filmed, that’s absolutely fine, please let a member of the Kinetika team know on the day.
Download the flyer here: T100 2019 FLYER
Thurrock 100 would like to extend a huge thank you to its funders and delivery partners.