You can't truly know a town until you've cycled round it!
Southend is lucky enough to have lots of interesting places to ride, as well as having plenty of cycle parking facilities all across town and the surrounding areas of Leigh-on-Sea, Westcliff, Chalkwell and Shoebury. This makes it perfect whether you just want a short ride from Leigh to Shoebury or you want to travel around it all! There are always new places to explore, with new cycle paths and tracks popping up all across Southend and beyond.
If you simply want to get out there and riding, its a fantastic place to just give it a go. From sunny seafront to forest trails, long road runs to BMX tracks, you'll be able to experience top rides while enjoying the scenery. So why not try something a bit different, get out there and enjoy your town on a bike?
Check out the list below for a few ideas from the Bike Squad to get you started. If you have a places or routes that really got you back in the saddle, then drop us an email – we'd love to hear from you and you never know, you could see your suggestions appearing on the Cycle Southend website soon!
Ride Beside the Seaside!
Southend's seafront offers you fantastic off road cycle tracks. Cyclists are able to ride from Shoebury East Beach, right through Gunners Park, past watersports, the Sealife Centre, Adventure Island and the many cafes, kiosks and restaurants along the seafront to Chalkwell Avenue.
The seafront is a beautiful and very picturesque part of Southend, its ideal for a leisurely bike ride to take some time out for yourself or a nice way to spend some quality time with someone you love, in the fresh outdoors!
And during the week, if you work in the town centre why not change your route to work and cycle down the seafront instead of getting stuck in all that traffic!
Breathe in the fresh air, take in the scenery and love the place you live!
Ride Around the Parks!
If you're looking for the ideal way to spend time with your family, then you should try a leisurely ride around Belfairs Wood before heading off to Priory Park along Prittle Brook.
Southend has a variety of different parks you can ride to, around and in most cases inside as well. It's the perfect way to start or even end your day. Take in the beautiful scenery, keep fit and have lots of fun. Join up with a group of friends, your family or even take a bit of time for yourself.
A leisurely ride around Belfairs Wood before heading off to Priory Park along Prittle Brook is the ideal way to spend a lovely weekend afternoon. Take a pinic with you and make a day of it! If you are really feeling full of energy take a bat and ball and try a game of rounders, ball-tig or maybe even a round of five-a-side football!
Keeping fit and having fun with friends is what its all about, so go on, make it happen and get a bunch of you to ride down to your local park this weekend!
Fun and Games!
There are many activities and events that you can get involved with in Southend throughout the year, just check out our events and activities pages for more details of an up and coming event that suits you!
Fun, games and sports, are all available for you in Southend. There are also some fantastic, 'Wheeled Sports' areas in some of Southend's parks where you can practice and develop your riding skills.
Or if you want to step things up another gear, why not join one of the many clubs or organisations in and around the area. You will be able to meet new like-minded people, keep fit and healthy as well as having lots of fun, especially with the organised biking holidays and weekend getaways, often organised by many cycling clubs!
Or if you haven't quite got back in the saddle just yet, check one of our own events, you don't have to cycle to attend these events, you just have to turn up and be happy to get involved with what's on offer, they're a great way to practice for a particular cycling discipline or just try something new!
Ramp It Up!
If you're looking for something more action-packed and maybe even to practice a few skills, then check out the BMX ramps in Shoebury park or get on down to Rampage near Leigh-on-Sea's Old Town.
Southend even has something to offer the BMX rider in you. If you're looking for something a bit different and more action-packed, maybe you could practice a few skills on the BMX ramps in Shoebury park or get on down to Rampage near Leigh-on-Sea's Old Town.
These are also great places to learn and watch some of Southend's finest BMX riders in action!
Bike Friendly Cafe's
Why not incorporate a drop-in to one of our bike friendly cafe's for a cuppa and a slice of cake on route?
They will be pleased to see you and can offer a helping hand if required.
They have agreed to provide the following:
To offer to fill up your water bottle
To offer the loan of a bike lock if required
Have a bike repair kit handy for use
To allow cyclists to recharge electric bike batteries
Stock maps and leaflets about cycling events
BUT ABOVE ALL OFFER A FRIENDLY FACE!
Check out all our cafe's listed here.
For the Cyclist: This is a genuine service, voluntarily offered to support and encourage cyclists. Please thank the cafe/shop for their support to show that cyclists are just normal friendly people, Thanks.
IF YOU WISH TO BECOME A BIKE FRIENDLY PLACE, PLEASE CONTACT US
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