If you live in or around Southend on Sea and you own a dog or two (or more), you might want to take your fluffy friend out for a walk in a variety of places with great scenery and dog facilities. I’ve discovered five different places that my dog, a Jack Russell named PJ, loves to go and I love to take him.
Please remember to be courteous and respectful to others at the park and control your dog whether on lead or off. Also important, remember to bring doggie poo bags and please clean up after your dog and place the waste in the appropriate red dog waste receptacles. As always, please be aware of any dogs that seem aggressive or ill behaved, or owners, and if you notice any suspicious activity, please report it immediately.
First is Victory Sports Ground. Victory is located near Eastern Avenue on Sutton Road in Southend on Sea. A map is found here. Victory is a large, flat field that is home to various sports clubs that play cricket and football. The grounds are open seven days a week and offer a secure, fenced environment around the entire park and three dog waste bins in different corners. There are also benches to rest on while your dog plays with friends. Even on match days, there are sections of the field that are free for your dog to roam off -lead and chase a ball or run with friends. The environment is friendly in the daytime and there are regulars who visit often that have well behaved and socialized dogs. In hot weather, please remember to take some water for your pet.
Second is Priory Park, located in Prittlewell, Southend on Sea along with Prittlewell Priory. Information on the Priory and a layout of the park are located here. This is an extensive park that offers a wide range of areas for you and your pet to explore from a rose garden to wide fields. There is a pond, streams and wooded areas. Best of all, Priory Park is great for rainy days because there are cement footpaths through the park that you can keep your feet dry on while you are letting your dog get exercise. Priory Park is a beautiful place that is frequented by a wide range of people from solo walkers to large families and sports clubs. There is a gazebo that sometimes has live music and a café that is open in nice weather and on weekends. Please respect the areas that are marked as no dogs allowed such as the walled garden and the children’s playground. There are several red dog waste bins and even a few doggie poo bag dispensers although they are hard to get the bags out of so be sure to bring your own. Bring a towel in the car in case your dog discovers one of the streams! This park feels very safe in the day but I would not go there after dark as there seem to be a lot of teens and young people gathering there.
Third is the Eastern Esplinade in Southend on Sea. This is the main seafront in Southend. Close to town and to the world’s longest pleasure pier, the Esplinade has a great beach for walking your dog on or off lead. The beach is only open to dogs from October to May, but you can walk your dog up and down the seafront on lead all year long. There don’t seem to be any red dog waste bins, but there are trash bins provided so please bring your own doggie poo bags. The Sea Life Adventure is located on the Eastern Esplinade and their website provides great information for getting there and parking. Bring a towel for those sandy and wet paws if you intend to let your dog go for a run on the beach!
Fourth and finally there is East Beach in Shoebury near Southend. The Visit England website provides information and a map here. This is a dog paradise that can be enjoyed year-round. The beach is only open to dogs from October through 1st of May, but there is a nice big grassy hinterland adjacent that is perfect for a big run and explore. There are also several red waste bins provided. The beach is easy to access and is perfect for your dog to run on. There is a swimming area that is shallow enough even the smallest dogs can wade into without too much trouble. During periods of low tide, there are a lot of kite surfers, and seeing hundreds of them makes a beautiful sight. On this bright, sunny Sunday in October, I took PJ there to walk along the beach and get sandy and wet, then he had a nice dip in the swimming area, then we had a nice run and play on the grassy area to dry off before heading back to home.
There are many great places to explore with your dog in Southend on Sea, Essex, England. I hope this gets you started and if you see me there, say hello!