Southend cycling

Southend is a beautiful place to cycle around. It’s mostly flat, so luckily even the longest ride is quite gentle on your legs. From Chalkwell up to Shoebury beach there’s a dedicated cycle path that hugs the coastline so you can soak up all the sweeping estuary views as you glide along.

Sun, sea and fresh air; cycling in Southend is a recipe for the perfect day out.

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It’s about a gentle 15 minute bike ride from Southend to Shoeburyness. On the way, stop at Ocean Beach, a cute beach-side cafe and restaurant, or take a classy rest to drink cocktails at the Roslin Beach Hotel, in Thorpe Bay en-route. Start your bike journey at Southend Station.

More challenging

Nearby Hadleigh Park was home to the Olympic Mountain Biking course in 2012. There are plenty of biking routes to challenge yourself with – all set in 500 acres of country park overlooking the Thames Estuary. Nearest station is Leigh-on-Sea.

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Taking your bike on the train

You can take your own bike on any c2c train leaving Fenchurch Street Station before 16:30 or after 18:42 Monday – Friday and anytime at weekends. Click here to see c2c’s bike policy.

We try to accommodate all cycles, but if you are travelling with more than three in a group, please call ahead on 01702 357640 to make sure we can best accommodate you and the rest of your travellers. Please, no tandems.

Top Tips, resources and routes

  • Cycle Southend have listed the best cycle-friendly cafés for some rest and relaxation during on your journey.
  • Look out for ParkThatBike flower beds that have the dual purpose of providing a safe place to lock up your bike.
  • Lost your way? Southend has invested in state of the art kiosks located around the city offering you cycle routes and up to date travel information including train times from wherever you want in the city so you never have to worry about missing your train home.
  • The Ideas in motion website has some great maps for cycling around the city or the seafront.
  • We always recommend you wear a helmet.
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