Southend Pier is a major landmark.
Southend Pier extends nearly a mile and a half into the Thames Estuary. It is reputed to be the longest pleasure pier in the world.
Admittance to the Pier is not free. If you want to use the tram, it costs about £3.00, but to walk it £0.52p, which of course is the option we took.
When we got to the other end, we were both gasping for a drink, but the cafe was still closed. The only place open was the RNLI station at the end of the Pier. RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea. The pier is also a popular place for fishing.
Considering the age of the Pier, I had half expected to be 'hop scotching' across creaking and rotten planks, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well maintained the Pier was as every plank was sturdy and in tact.
I really enjoyed the stroll. More so, as we pretty much had the pier to ourselves.
For my walking efforts, I was rewarded with a plate of chunky chips accompanied with some vibrant green mushy peas.
I'm not a beach or fairground attraction kind of person - too much hustle and bustle, but I have to admit I've enjoyed walking these spaces the past week or so. Seaside resorts are completely different places out of season/off peak and one I'd be happy to explore.
If you want to read more about the Pier, see this link, if nothing else it will make you smile.