Riverside Village is situated on the River Crouch and just a short drive away from Southend, perfect for many of the community locals who joined us for a long weekend to enjoy the local countryside and all it has to offer.
After a brief check in where we were greeted with smiles and a friendly welcome, it was time to pitch the tents before finally kicking back to relax and talk about our plans for the day’s ahead.
The bank holiday weekend would include some walks with and without our four legged friends, a couple of Sup’s to explore Lyons Creek and the infamous and most photographed derelict shack in Essex, the River Crouch and of course plenty of down time around the fire.
Sunsets were truly amazing throughout our stay and at night with very little light pollution the stars were out in all their glory, we lost count of the shooting stars and satellites spotted amid the laughter and chatter with friends, all while shared over a few drinks.
There are some great walks from the campsite to explore the surrounding countryside with beautiful views and that smell of fresh country air. With so many different locations to head off to we were truly spoilt for choice.
Paddle boarding in around the creeks was stunning, and a real exploration seeing some of the old pontoons that remain now a feature of the landscape. Our paddle wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the derelict shack for some photo opportunities before returning to camp for some much needed food.
A thoroughly enjoyable time over the long weekend left us all relaxed and feeling like we had really accomplished a lot in a small amount of time, and right on our doorstep. We really can’t recommend Riverside enough and look forward to returning again in the not too distant future.