Thorpe Bay is an affluent area of Southend-on-Sea, situated on the Thames Estuary, 5 miles east of Southend and approximately 45 miles from London. Originally the area was simply known as Thorpe, but was renamed Thorpe Bay after the railway station, which was titled to indicate the seaside location. The area has many large properties and its good transport links appeal to commuters with families looking to live outside London.
As the name might suggest, Thorpe Bay has a beautiful mixed sand and shingle beach which has received a Quality Coast award for excellent beach cleanliness and for safe pedestrian access. There is a cycle path the length of the seafront, a children’s paddling pool and a selection of cafes and restaurants nearby, including some with decking leading straight onto the beach. Thorpe Bay is also known for its rows of beautiful beach huts.
The area has numerous leisure facilities, including Thorpe Bay Yacht club, Thorpe Hall Golf Club, a bowls club and Thorpe Bay Lawn tennis club. The Southend Marine Activities Centre (SMAC) offers sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking and many other water sports for adults and children.
Arriva runs a network of bus services that link Thorpe Bay to other towns in the area. For buses travelling between Thorpe Bay and Southend town centre in particular, take the Number 1 route which is the Shoeburyness to Rayleigh route. For additional information about routes and fares visit www.arrivabus.co.uk
In Essex, First also operates a network of over 70 bus services linking towns and villages across the county. There is also a limited stop coach service to and from Stansted Airport and regular services to Southend University Hospital. Additional information can be found at; firstgroup.com
If you prefer train travel, Thorpe Bay has its own station on the London Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness line. Journey times from Thorpe Bay into London Fenchurch Street are approximately 1 hour. Train services are provided by the National Express Group train operating company c2c and current timetables can be downloaded here; www.c2c-online.co.uk
We’re also lucky to have Southend Airport offering numerous routes within the UK and further afield into Europe. Airlines currently operating from Southend include Aer Lingus, EasyJet, FlyBe and Skyworks. Tour operators include First Choice and Thomson.