Top 10 "hidden gems" of south Essex

Echo: Hidden - Rayleigh Mount Hidden - Rayleigh Mount

As summer is nearly upon us, we asked readers to suggest their favourite places to visit across south Essex. These parks, beauty spots and nature reserves are all free to visit - perfect for a summer staycation. 

1. Rayleigh Mount

2. Hadleigh rare breeds farm

3. Two Tree Island, Leigh

Echo: Peaceful - the view of the estuary from Two Tree Island 

4. Prittlewell Square

Echo: Oasis - Prittlewell Square is only a few minutes from the High Street but provides the perfect place to eat lunch

5. Basildon golf course

6. Dry Street meadows

7. Wallasea Island

8. Langdon Hills

9. Lake Meadows in Billericay

10. Canvey Miniature Railway

Echo: Quirky - Driver Dave Medcalf on the Canvey Miniature Railway at Waterside Farm, Canvey

Do you know of any hidden gems? Add your favourite places in south Essex below.

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9:38am Fri 6 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Don't mention any green spaces south of the A127 or Basildon Council will sell them off for housing
Don't mention any green spaces south of the A127 or Basildon Council will sell them off for housing Howard Cháse
  • Score: 15

11:14am Fri 6 Jun 14

shoess3 says...

So many more in the Southend area that have been missed!

Shoebury East Beach, the Garrison, Gunners Park and Nature Reserve
Hockley Woods
Belfairs Woods and Golf Course
Southchurch Park
Priory Park
Shoebury Common Beach and Thorpe Esplanade
So many more in the Southend area that have been missed! Shoebury East Beach, the Garrison, Gunners Park and Nature Reserve Hockley Woods Belfairs Woods and Golf Course Southchurch Park Priory Park Shoebury Common Beach and Thorpe Esplanade shoess3
  • Score: 14

11:53am Fri 6 Jun 14

Bester says...

Southchurch Hall Park.

Oh, wait....
Southchurch Hall Park. Oh, wait.... Bester
  • Score: 6

12:10pm Fri 6 Jun 14

jassouthend says...

Churchill gardens
Churchill gardens jassouthend
  • Score: 2

12:32pm Fri 6 Jun 14

southendie says...

What about Thorndon Country Park in Brentwood, the Gruffalo Trail there is great. Also, Hadleigh Farm isn't free, it was £2.50 admission each last time we went.
What about Thorndon Country Park in Brentwood, the Gruffalo Trail there is great. Also, Hadleigh Farm isn't free, it was £2.50 admission each last time we went. southendie
  • Score: 5

1:47pm Fri 6 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

What a stupid list.
What a stupid list. supermadmax
  • Score: -1

3:48pm Fri 6 Jun 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Two tree island? Isn't that reserved for doggers?
Two tree island? Isn't that reserved for doggers? I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 9

6:03pm Fri 6 Jun 14

born and raised criminal says...

Basildon is the place for dogging. One Tree Hill and Gloucester Park come ti mind.
Basildon is the place for dogging. One Tree Hill and Gloucester Park come ti mind. born and raised criminal
  • Score: 4

7:06pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Nelly99 says...

Friars Park-Shoebury. Closer to heaven.
Friars Park-Shoebury. Closer to heaven. Nelly99
  • Score: 0

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