When looking for beautiful locations in England, I know the Thames Estuary doesn't usually feature in the top ten. Most likely, if you think of the Thames, you'll think of the centre of London, or the brown water and industry of Thurrock, Dartford and Tilbury Docks. But carry on fifteen more minutes along the C2C train line, and you might be surprised. Though not a walk along Whitby Bay, the familiar White Cliffs of Dover, or the stunning Cornish sea side, the Thames Estuary is totally an ice cream sundae: a fairly long walk for people of basic fitness, coated in the gorgeous Essex landscape, with sprinkles of history, all served in a sea side cone.
Read about my half day owl encounter experience in Barleylands Farm, Essex.