Visiting Hadleigh Castle in Benfleet, Essex

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!

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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.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Have you visited Hadleigh castle yet?

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • August 7, 2016


    What beautiful pictures, looks like a fab day out, bet you managed to catch some amount of Pokemon up there x

  • August 7, 2016

    Kara Guppy

    It is a bit too far for us to visit but looks like you had lots of fun!

  • August 8, 2016


    I’ve never been here before. It looks a lovely place to visit. We love long walks and this would be perfect 🙂

  • August 8, 2016

    Cathy Glynn

    Some gorgeous scenery and great photos, it does look a great place to visit x

  • August 8, 2016

    Baby Isabella

    Hadleigh Castle looks like a great place to walk around! Love your pictures 🙂

  • August 8, 2016


    I like the English countryside for being so rewarding for people who like hiking. I see the castle is pretty much in ruins, same as Corfe Castle – near which I live. I agree, it’s always great to go on a hike when the weather is good, it helps you keep fit and you will discover new places to visit.

  • August 8, 2016

    Mellissa Williams

    I love your photos, they remind me of days gone by. Great that it is free to visit too, and perfect for a picnic

  • August 8, 2016


    Sounds and looks like a really great day out with friends.

  • August 9, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    Wow! Not only is it free but its also full of character and steeped in history? As a history buff you can count me in!

  • August 9, 2016

    Fashion and Style Police

    No I haven’t but I want to now. Loving your photos. Looks so beautiful.

  • August 9, 2016


    Amazing photos alina, you look so happy bless you x

  • August 10, 2016


    Fabulous photos! What a great place to visit.

  • August 10, 2016

    Grant R

    Great pics and wonderful views too. Wished I live a little closer tbh!

  • August 12, 2016


    Stunning photos, this looks like a fab walk and place to visit x

  • August 18, 2016


    your photographs are beautiful. I love being outdoors and finding new places. sounds like you had a lovely day 🙂