Exploring Leigh

Looking out from Canvey Island
Looking out from Canvey Island

Before moving on, however, we took a look inside The Victoria, the refurbished shopping centre. Personally, I found it as awful as every other example of its species.

The Victoria
The Victoria

In fine weather we always feel the call of the seaside and today was no different. Our first stop was Southend-on-Sea but that was not where we were going to spend the day.

Enjoying the seafront
Enjoying the seafront, Canvey Island

We took a bus and headed for Canvey Island. The Island is in the lower reaches of the Thames Estuary. The main beach is in Thorney Bay but a stroll along the sea wall is very pleasant and plenty of people turn out to enjoy this section of the seafront.

We have already been to Canvey Island and I wrote about it in Southend and around, so let’s move on to our next destination.

This was Leigh-on-Sea. We have been there before but wanted to explore the town, rather than the waterfront. So what has Leigh to offer?

Methodist church

Leigh has churches…

Beliefs and Belishas

Beliefs and Belishas…

Sentimental monuments...

Sentimental monuments…

Wall art...

Wall art…

Beckoning byways...

Beckoning byways…

Beautiful views...

Beautiful views…

Abandoned grand hotels...

Abandoned grand hotels…

Refreshing milk shakes...

and refreshing milk shakes!

We spent quite a lot of time during the day travelling on or waiting for buses, especially in the evening when we tried to return home and missed several buses in Leigh, through receiving bad information.

We comfortably made it in back to Liverpool Street station, however, where we waited for the final bus of the day, the one that would take us home. While we were waiting, the daylight faded and the electric lights came on, giving the scene a touch a charm and magic:

Liverpool Street Station


About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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4 Responses to Exploring Leigh

  1. Villager says:

    I particularly like the picture of church and belishas.

    I thought at first you’d been to Leigh in Lancashire, but soon got the hang of it.

    • SilverTiger says:

      Yes, I liked that one myself.

      I suspect there are several places called Leigh as it sounds like an Anglo-Saxon word or phrase to me.

      It’s quite an interesting place and although it carefully calls itself Leigh-on-Sea, it has a very estuarine quality and atmosphere.

      I don’t doubt that we shall return on other occasions.

  2. Beliefs and belishas – that’s rather good!

    So whose is the big milkshake then? I love milkshake and often order a large but then end up feeling very ill after I have drunk it. They are remarkably filling.

    • SilverTiger says:

      That would be telling 😉

      We had milkshakes earlier in Canvey Island but they were not as good as these which had ice cream in them. Naughty, naugthy.

      I agree about them being filling. They are a meal and a drink!

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