The river Thames forms the southern limit of the county of Essex. This book picks up where “The Longest Path” left off and takes the reader on a series of six walks from Shoeburyness on the edge of the North Sea to Leamouth in London – the historic western boundary of the old county. From salt marsh to seaside towns, industrial wastelands and historic villages, the Essex Thames is far more varied than you could ever imagine. Visit the places you have heard of – Southend Pier, the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, Tilbury Fort and the Thames Barrier and be amazed at how much more there is. This is the story of man’s fight against the sea, of his industry and of the cruel fate London’s hand has so often dealt the northern bank of this famous river. But most of all it is about the people who have lived and continue to live here. This is a voyage of discovery of the southern shore of Essex.