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This day starts on a lonely hilltop looking out over Hadleigh Castle and the Thames Estuary, includes a coach tour of an unexplored area of Essex, a two-course lunch with coffee in a 3* seaside hotel, free time in Southend and a visit to picturesque old Leigh-on-Sea.

Meet the Blue Badge guide at 10.30am for coffee & a muffin (included) at Hadleigh Farm just outside Southend. The cafe sits on top of a hill with views of the romantic ruins of Hadleigh Castle set against the dramatic backdrop of the Thames Estuary.

A morning coach tour explores a landscape of lonely creeks, wide horizons, wildfowl, marsh farmers and oystermen. At ancient Canewdon we hear of legendary witches before we meet the sea and sweep along the Thames Estuary back into Southend.

This is the seaside to generations of Londoners. A two course lunch with coffee is served at the Palace Hotel looking out to sea. After lunch there's an hour of free time to enjoy Southend.

Old Leigh-on-Sea was once a thriving fishing and smuggling village. Leigh fishermen became Dunkirk heroes and today keep alive Leigh's reputation as the centre of the world cockling trade.

There's an old-world charm here with cockle boats and cockle sheds, sailors' inns and clapboard cottages. Sample the traditional cockney tea time treat or buy a simple cup of tea before heading home at 4.30pm.

Adults & Seniors: £35

Available Mon to Thur

April to October

Price Valid to 31 March 2021

30 miles