Text contributed by Steve P., pics by Joyce C.
A group of seven set off on Glen’s Canvey walk on Saturday 11th June, following a very well way-marked National Coast Path Trail around the island.
The first few miles we consisted of paths atop surprisingly remote levees which seemed seldom walked. Industrial sites eventually came into view and Glen found a pleasant lunch spot sitting on the sea wall overlooking the oil refineries near Thames Gateway – seriously, it was pleasant in the breezy, sunny weather.
Full of contrasts, the island’s industry changed to river views, static home sites and the sandy beach of Thorney Bay – with plenty of sunbathing families. The next mile or so of sea wall (installed after the disastrous 1953 floods) has been painted sky blue, and is brightened by plant displays in huge flower pots and an extensive gallery of wall art featuring Canvey Island activities and celebrities including Dr. Feelgood.
Shortly after reaching the sandy eastern edge of the island, we walked either side of a creek with craft in various states of wear and tear – no oligarch yachts here!
Through Canvey Heights Country Park (probably the only part of the island above sea level) and then atop more levees with very picturesque views over Benfleet Creek. A very enjoyable 14 miles. Thanks Glen – for me it was a Canvey Contrasts walk.