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Benfleet

National Rail | station code BEF

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Benfleet is the station for Canvey Island with frequent buses from stops on the south side. Benfleet PlusBus tickets are valid for bus journeys to Canvey Island.

Hadleigh Castle Country Park ¼ mile

The Country Park is a mixture of woodland, grassland and marsh with good views over the Thames Estuary. Download a map from the website showing waymarked trails. Café and replica Iron Age Roundhouse at northern end, 2 miles from station. Admission free.
Open Daily 0800-dusk.
www.hadleighcountrypark.co.uk
The Country Park is 2 miles from Leigh-on-Sea station.

Hadleigh Castle EH 2¼ miles

The picturesque ruins of Hadleigh Castle stand on a hill to the east of the Country Park overlooking the Thames Estuary, only a tower and some outer walls remain. Admission free.
Open any reasonable time.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Hadleigh Castle is 1½ miles from Leigh-on-Sea station.

Benfleet and Canvey Island map

West Canvey Marsh RSPB 1¼ miles or by bus

This reserve of grassland, marshland, reedbeds, saltmarsh and mudflats provides feeding and breeding grounds for waders and wildfowl. Download a map from the website showing trails and viewpoints. Admission free.
Open Daily during daylight.
www.rspb.org.uk/westcanveymarsh
Bus 21 from station to the 'Holland Avenue' stop, immediately after the RSPB roundabout. 2 minutes journey, M-S ½-hourly, Sun & BH hourly. Benfleet PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by First.

Dutch Cottage Museum 1¾ miles or by bus

The Museum is one of the octagonal thatched cottages built for the Dutch workers and their families when Canvey Island was drained and embanked in the 17th century by the Dutch engineer Vermuyden. The rooms and an exhibition hall contain exhibits illustrating the history of Canvey Island, including models of historic sailing craft.
Open Jun-Sep, Sun & BH (also Wed in Jul-Aug) 1430-1700.
www.castlepoint.gov.uk
Bus 21 from station to Dyke Crescent, 2 minutes journey, M-S ½-hourly, Sun & BH hourly. Benfleet PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by First.

Canvey Miniature Railway ¾ mile

A model engineering club with two miniature railways for the public to ride: a 5" gauge raised track and a 7¼" gauge ground level track. Steam and electric locomotives.
Open Easter-Oct, see website for dates.
www.cramec.org

Canvey Island Transport Museum by bus

The Museum is housed in the Canvey & District Motor Transport Company building constructed in 1934. The Museum has a large collection of classic buses and commercial vehicles, many fully restored. Model railway layout.
Open closed for building renovation, see website.
www.castlepointtransportmuseum.co.uk
Bus 22/27 from station to opposite Museum (the stop is just beyond the Museum). 18 minutes journey, M-S every 10 minutes, Sun & BH every 15 minutes. Benfleet PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by First.