One of the area's that is situated close to Pitsea is Vange Hill open space, this is a 30 arce site of former plotlands and is now a local nature reserve, perfect for the dog walker living in the Vange area. There are some great views overlooking the South Essex marshes and the Thames estuary, most of the open pathways are good for dog walking all year round and the area is wide open in places which is perfect for letting the dogs off. Going off path is good in warmer months and the grass areas are maintained, there is also a path to Basildon golf course for a longer walk. The area is open all day, every day and access is by Vange Hill Drive, parking is available next to the Vange Community Centre and the entrance is about 200 yards away across the playing field, there is also access from Mapleford Sweep and Hillcrest View.
Holy Cross Playing Fields
Holy Cross playing fields are situated next to Holy Cross Church at the top of Church Road, Basildon. There is one field with two football pitches and a cricket pitch next to the childrens play area. Behind the church are three other fields. one larger field with two rugby pitches and one football pitch, one field with one football pitch on and one smaller field, they all run adjacent to Cranes Farm Road. With plenty of free parking along Church Road this area is perfect for the dog walker who lives in Basildon. The grass areas are well maintained throughout the year, there are several poo bins in the main field and one at the end of the field with one football pitch in.