We took a short break to England’s east coast in September of 2015 which saw as splitting our stay between Margate to cover visits in and around Kent and Southend-on-Sea as a base for exploring Essex and Cambridgeshire. We stayed at a pleasant guest house along the seafront in Southend which gave us some lovely views of the beach area popular in particular with travellers from London as well as views across the Thames.

The weather was good for our stay in Southend and though we were mostly using it as a seaside base to explore elsewhere there was one particular attraction jutting out from the coast that we were very keen on visiting: Southend Pier. Over two kilometres in length with a train to take you down or back and the longest pleasure pier in the world so we had to pay it a visit. We timed our trip to the pier perfectly to allow us to walk from the beach out to the end for a look around and some photographs before taking the last train back to dry land. It was quite fun taking our time and walking out to sea as the trains carrying other passengers rumbled past.

At the end of Southend Pier we watched as the sun slowly set on the horizon throwing some lovely colours into the sky and making for some stunning views and lovely opportunities to take some more photos. We’ll always wander onto a pier if there’s one around and it was nice to hit the longest in the world and see such a glorious sight to cap it off.


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