Winnie the Pooh sails the Thames The River Thames
From Source to Sea

Map of Thames Estuary Thames Estuary

Southend-on-Sea (Essex)

Home of  the world's longest pleasure pier.

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Southend-on-Sea is a seaside resort located on the north bank of the Thames estuary roughly 40 miles (65 km) east of London.

Originally the south end of the village of Prittlewell, Southend became a popular seaside resort for Londoners during the Victorian era. Owing to its proximity to London and easy access by train, the town's economy has largely been based on tourism ever since.

Looking acroos the Thames
Watching boats
You can see Kent on the other side of the estuary

Looking over to the the Kent side of the Estuary

Grain power station in disctance
People hire deck chairs to sit and look at the estuary.
Deck Chairs
Watching the estuary

Southend Pier

 Home of  the world's longest pleasure pier.   Opened in 1889, it has become Southend's most famous landmark. 

At 1.34 miles (2158 metres) in length the pier stretches into the estuary of the River Thames.

Southend Pier

Pier in earlier years
The pier as it used to look


Fish and Chips the traditional British seaside takeaway
Fish and Chips
Portion of Chips
Fish and Chips


Fun Fair
Big Wheel
Slide on Beach

Bank Holiday Weekend

Pooh met two biker friends
Many bikers meet at the seaside on Bank holiday weekends. Southend is just one of many seaside venues for bikers.

Signs around the beach


Leisure activities on the Thames Estuary


Gravesend Isle of Grain

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Facts about the Thames Flooding Thames Basin
Pollution Erosion Tributaries


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