Hadleigh Castle in Benfleet, Essex is a great day out.
Whether you’re visiting with your kids and family or walking your dog, it’s a great place to socialise, smell the fresh air and enjoy the most beautiful views!
Photography by Alina Ghost (me) unless they’re photos of myself which are by Polina Blochina
Friends and I went up to the castle and walked around all of the farms and pathways near the River Thames (which is going towards Southend.) We loved the castle which is on top of the hill and took some photos near the stone walls. We then wandered down the hill towards the c2c national rail trains and beyond where we met lots of people walking their dogs and saw plenty of cyclists go by too.
We walked in a loop which took us about 5 hours. Keeping in mind that we stopped loads to take photographs (and get LOADS of Pokemon on our Pokemon Go Apps…) we very much enjoyed the 11,000 steps that we took.
You can easily keep to the castle area only and sit down for a picnic then leave before the sun is at it’s highest but we decided to go all the way around which meant we also found a quaint little cafe and the c2c station.
It was a real workout but it was totally worth it! I loved photographing the scenery and being in nature as well as being in the midst of historical English character.
BONUS: Visiting Hadleigh castle is free.
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Have you visited Hadleigh castle yet?