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On the Beach in East Tilbury, Essex

A view up the "beach" at East Tilbury, near to Coalhouse Fort. The best thing about road cycling as a pastime is that you can literally put a pin into a map and cycle to most places - within obvious limitations .  I had little else to do on warm but hazy  Saturday 17th May  and so I decided I was going to ride to a 'beach' somewhere towards the Thames estuary. It was a month or two after returning from Uganda and I hadn't done any 'big rides' since  riding overnight from Walthamstow to Warwick in March . The conditions were: as I was riding alone, I needed ready access to a station should I have a breakdown; there had to be something of at least mediocre interest at my destination; and that I should be able to cycle there primarily on B roads. Sasha, the radar station and the marshy foreshore in East Tilbury. As things turned out, with the magic of Strava and Garmin, I ended up in East Tilbury, Essex. Granted, the village is pretty wit