Chalkwell ‘The Ray’
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Kitesurfing Map for Chalkwell ‘The Ray’
About Chalkwell ‘The Ray’
Chalkwell (The Ray) is located to the West of Southend-on-Sea and its beach is South - SouthWest facing
- Designated beach (council approved)
To Find: M25 - A13 / A127 to Southend, head for Westcliff or Chalkwell sea front (From Pier - head towards London).
A popular site with windsurfers, mainly when it is blowing a gale. The Ray is a stretch of water that is left when the tide goes out. A 10-minute walk from the beach. Check a tide timetable and try and get there 3-4 hours after high water, this will give you approximately 4 hours in the Ray. At high water there is no place to launch and if you get into trouble there is no soft landing !
Launching & Landing
- When the tide drops go out to the exposed channel called 'The Ray' and launch on the sand bank
- Never sail at high tide
- Keep the area clear for other users - especially during school holidays
- Fishing vessels
Beware of fishing vessels and other craft that use ‘The Ray’
- Oyster Shells
Can rip through wetsuits and kites!
- Fast flowing channels
The currents are very strong at low tide.
- Chalkwell Esplanade
- Pay and display available on road. Free in winter months
Life Guard & Coast Guard
- Life Guard
There is a manned lifeguard station through the summer.