Hi, I'm new to this site and read with interest the trip up Essex Way in Benfleet. I think 2 or 3 people said the gradient is 7%. Now excuse me if I'm a bit thick, but does that mean the gradient is 1:7? If not, does anyone know waht the gradient is? I was wondering also about Vicarage Hill, Church Hill in Thundersley and Leigh Hill, all of which I think are pretty steep.