Canoe or kayak the salt lagoons.
Find car park at Wat Tyler Marina, Wat Tyler Way, Basildon, SS16 4UH (51.545032, 0.503573). Launch opposite car park two hours before high tide.
CRAYS HILL FORD, RIVER CROUCH
A ford for a fun paddle.
Find Crays Hill Village, London Rd, Billericay, CM11 2UR (51.605351, 0.47659636) and walk 10 minutes down the bridleway.
LEE CHAPEL SOUTH HILL
One of the best views in Essex is hidden behind a row of houses.
Find the small entrance to Langdon Hills at the end of Sporhams, Lee Chapel South, Basildon, SS16 5TT (51.561713, 0.441022). Enter the park and walk clockwise around the trees without crossing the recreation ground. Hill is hidden behind a clump of trees.