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.
Hire a bike for a day
Very handily there is a cycle hire shop called Comfy Saddle right inside Southend Central Station so you can arrive by train and hop on a bike to scoot straight down to the seafront in minutes. Not only do Comfy Saddle provide all the helmets, locks, lights, maps and info you need for your two wheel journey, but their range of bikes includes the stylish Bobbin bikes so you can look the part while you pootle along. The guys are also full of top tips on places to go and will more than happily help you plot out a route to get you going. A day’s hire is £17.
Popular bike routes:
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.
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.
Taking your own bike on the train
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.