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The Edge of Oil City - A Walk in Canvey Island
Wed, August 30, 2017, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM BST
This is the tenth in a series of walks along the Thames from London to the sea.
Canvey Island is known as holiday resort in the Thames Estuary but on this walk you'll see the quieter side of the island.
Starting at Benfleet station we will walk the wall that keeps low lying Canvey from flooding, as it did in 1953 with disastrous consequences. Despite the risk of flooding Canvey Island has been inhabited since the Romans and Rob will tell the story of the island as we walk, including the failed plan to join the island to the mainland, the history of the oil business on the island, and local legends Dr Feelgood. And it being a guided walk we will of course stop at a pub that Charles Dickens visited!
The walk finishes at Canvey Island Esplanade where there is a regular bus back to Benfleet
The walk is 8 miles in total, but there is an option to leave the walk after five miles.