8. Benfleet to Chalkwell with stops at Salvation Army Tea Rooms and Belfair...

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Benfleet to Chalkwell with brunch at Salvation Army Tea Rooms/ ice cream at Belfairs Woodland Centre

Sat 13th July 9.15am-2.30pm

Walk 8 of T100 Welcome to the Kitchen Table

A panoramic estuary path walk from Benfleet to Chalkwell, viewing the nature reserves created to help protect this extremely diverse, but scarce natural environment.

We pass Barge Gladys, continue along and break at Hadleigh Castle. We stop for brunch and sharing of stories and drawings at the Salvation Army Tea Rooms where food is prepared, cooked and served by their trainees. Much of the produce used is grown on site by the Horticultural teams relating back to William Booth, founder of this self-sufficient colony 1891.

We continue on through Hadleigh into Belfairs Nature Reserve, though to the Woodland[SC1] [SC2] Centre. Finally, follow the Prittle Brook Greenway, up to Leigh High Street and re-join the Thames Estuary Path to Chalkwell Beach.

Southend's Village Green festival, run by Metal, takes place on 13th July. Find out more here.


  • Meet: Benfleet Train Station, South Benfleet, Benfleet SS7 1NE

  • 9.15 am: Registration

  • 9.30 am: Walk starts

  • 11am - 12.30pm: Brunch at Salvation Army Tea Rooms

  • 1.15 – 1.30 pm Comfort break /ice cream stop at Belfairs Woodland centre

  • 2.30 pm: Walk ends at Chalkwell Station, The Ridgeway, Chalkwell, Essex, SS0 8PX

Walk Info

  • Duration: 5 hours

  • Distance: Approx 8 miles

  • Grading: Moderate with difficult parts.

  • Terrain: The walk is very varied including public road, pavement and steps. There is uneven marshland terrain, managed footpaths of sand, stone, gravel and woodland trails. This walk is not accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

  • Walk Leaders: Sally Chinea and Hazel Huber

All T100 walks are free to join.

Route Map



Nearest train station at the start: C2C Benfleet, South Benfleet, Benfleet SS7 1NE
Nearest train station at the end: C2C Chalkwell, The Ridgeway, Chalkwell, Essex, SS0 8PX


Car park at the start: Benfleet Station £3.00 all day, closes at 17:00
JustPark is available.
Car park at the end: There is no parking at Chalkwell Park Station.

Roadside parking a distance beyond the double yellow lines around the station.
Seafront £2.30 - 2hrs free after 18:00
JustPark is available.

Car parks en route:
Hadleigh Tea rooms - Car park here £6.00 all day, closes at 4.30 p.m.
Belfairs Woodland Centre – free parking all day
Leigh station- open 24 hrs, £3.00 all day parking
Leigh to Benfleet £2.80 single fare
Chalkwell to Benfleet £3.00 single fare.


This walk is not accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. It encounters uneven surfaces, a steep hill climb, path furniture including cattle grates, stiles and a footpath rail crossing. Within the walk there is a long flight of steps, down (St. Clements Church). NB there is no lift.

T100 walks are of different lengths and on different terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and others mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. If this walk doesn't suit you, there is probably another one that will.

Please note:
You need to choose walks within your capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen.
Walk leaders will be at the start of the walk regardless of the weather. In the unlikely event of any unforeseen circumstances, Kinetika reserve the right to change or cancel a walk and/or performance. Please check the website regularly for any updates or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however Kinetika, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What to bring

Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!
Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink.

Photos/ filming

We will be taking photographs and video of this event to promote and celebrate the project in print and online. If you do not give consent to be photographed or filmed, that's absolutely fine, please let a member of the Kinetika team know on the day.


Download the flyer for T100 2019 ‘Welcome to the Kitchen Table’ here:

See all T100 walks here:

T100 2019 flyer

Data Collection

Kinetika is funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and as a funding condition we are asked to collect participant data. The data we collect is anonymised and used for evaluation and monitoring purposes only, and will never be passed on to a third party. We will retain this data for no longer than 4 years.

We require your name and email address but only to communicate with you in connection with the event. We hate junk mail and would never sell your address or bombard you with emails. We don’t want our data collection questions to feel intrusive so you are either not required to answer or we include a prefer not to say option.

Photo Credit

Event image is by Sally Chinea

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