Old Leigh Walking Tours
We are delighted to bring you this captivating walking tour where the rich history of the famous fishing port of Old Leigh is brought to life through wonderful stories and historical facts.
Let us guide you through the cobbled old town at a friendly pace to admire the beautiful buildings, enjoy the famous cockle-sheds and step onto the historic wharfs whilst hearing the tales that make this small fishing town, such a significant part of history.
Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes a refreshment in one of the local establishments and a chance to sample some wonderful Leigh on Sea Ale – £16pp (Minimum of 8 people)
Your nose will be enough to guide you down through the famous cockle sheds, onto the attractive wharfs and into the local historic establishments that line the water. You can sit and marvel at the stories of smugglers who would use the maze of underground tunnels to keep safe out of site.
Those who are feeling fit can climb the famous church steps to visit the beautiful St Clements Church. St Clements has stood over Old Leigh for hundreds of years, with its tower a beacon for the River Thames route to London. The oldest part of the building comprises the present north aisle, dating from c.1400. Legend has it that the stones from which the church is built were taken from the ruins of nearby Hadleigh Castle, but this is wholly apocryphal
After the tour, a visit to Leigh Heritage Centre and the adjoining Plumbs Cottage is a must! The original cottage was built in the mid 1850s and the internal refurbishment has recreated that period for the visitor with all the sights, smells and noises of a busy fisherman’s cottage and village.
Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes a refreshment in one of the local establishments and a chance to sample some wonderful Leigh on Sea Ale – £16pp (Minimum of 8 people).
Please get in touch for more details, to discuss availability and hear about discounted lunch reservations in the local area.