Clacton-on-Sea to Walton-on-the-Naze walk

A short North Sea coastal walk between 2 seaside resorts


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sat, 19-Aug-17 11

Clacton to Walton-on-the-Naze - A breeze along the east coast

SWC Walk 52 - Clacton-on-sea to Walton-on-the-Naze
Length: 11.7km (7.3 miles) or 20.5km (12.7 miles)
Toughness: 1 out of 10: flat

10.18 train from Liverpool Street (10.25 Stratford) to Clacton, arriving 11.44

Buy a day return to Clacton-on-Sea - £19.60 with a Network Card. Since this is the same price as a day return to Walton-on-the-Naze, it should be accepted from that station too: if not you would only have to pay for the short hop to Thorpe-le-Soken,
where the two lines meet.

For walk directions click here.

This is a very simple walk along the Essex coast, following a seafront promenade for most of the way, though with a stretch of about 3km in the middle when you are walking along the edge of a nature reserve cum country park. That being said, it is surprisingly varied, with Clacton, Frinton and Walton each having a different character. There is a rather magnificent windfarm out to sea.

There are sea bathing possibilities throughout from gently shelving sandy beaches, though with somewhat brown sea water (this is sediment not pollution). The tide will be falling as you walk, with low tide at 16.35.

Lunch is most easily had at beach cafes in Holland by Sea, just beyond Clacton. But the walk directions contain inland diversions to a couple of pubs if you prefer.

In Walton there are two options for extending the walk. One is an interesting 5.7 mile walk around the Naze, a low-lying peninsula that juts out into the sea and which is a haven for wildlife.

The other - not mentioned in the walk directions but not to be sniffed at - is to walk the length of Walton pier, the second longest in England. It doesn't look particularly exciting from the land and to get onto to it you have to walk through a ghastly (and mysteriously popular) amusement arcade. But once you are out on the pier proper it is a magnificent parade far out into the water with nice views back on the coast (see photo).

Trains back from Walton are on the hour (00 past the hour) until 22.00. This is a shuttle to Thorpe-le-Soken, connecting there to the train from Clacton. Total journey time back to London is 1 hour 37 minutes. T=3.52
If you carry on along the coast, to the Naze headland, you reach Stone Point (a sand spit), which was closed when we were last there (ground nesting bird breeding season).

It should be open now (from 1st Aug).

It would be great if someone could continue on to the point, and take some photos. It looks really interesting from the map.
I would of liked to have done that Walk Today. But I had to go to work Today.
11 or more and one canine companion, sunny on this hugely enjoyable easy coastal walk. Most of us had lunch and / or a drink at the Oakwood inn standard pub grub but pleasant service and garden. Afternoon highlights included comfort stops in a thatched cottage converted to public toilets and (for me) Frinton's fine selection of Art Deco houses. Walton is more a "kiss me quick" kind of town. Four of us did the Naze peninsula extension, soon leaving the caravan park and beachcombers behind for an untamed wilderness of great beauty and isolation. I took some photos and will try to upload them onto the SWC Facebook page or some similar place , although I don't have an eye for birds I'm afraid. We were lucky enough to catch the Walton festival on our return and caught the 7pm train with one very tired dog and its loving walker
PS I wasn't paying attention at the start and the group fragmented further after lunch so perhaps another walker could correct my figures if they're wrong. Thanks
Sun, 21-Aug-16 3

Sunday Walk 2 – 3.52 Clacton-Walton

Extra Walk 52 – Clacton-on-Sea to Walton-on-the-Naze
Length: 11.3 km (7.0 miles), with optional 9.2 km extension. Toughness: 1/10

10:35 Clacton-on-Sea train from Liverpool Street (Stratford 10:42), arriving Clacton at 12:09. Buy a return to Clacton-on-Sea, although you might be asked to buy a single from Walton-on-the-Naze to Thorpe-le-Soken on the way back.

Trains back from Walton-on-the-Naze are hourly at xx:29 up to 21:29, changing at Thorpe-le-Soken.

Another SWC walk receiving its first Sunday posting. The Walk Notes specify a late start and imply that you should dawdle along the seafront with plenty of breaks for swimming. At some point, though, a sterner hand has intruded and the most recent version urges you to extend the walk past Walton along the Naze Peninsula. There are directions for a full out-and-back circuit, but for a shorter extension you could turn back at some point and simply retrace your steps.

There are plenty of seafront cafés near the start of the walk at Holland-on-Sea, while a short detour inland there would get you a pub lunch at the Oakwood Inn. Alternatively, anyone planning to do the extension could carry on to Walton and find something there before venturing out to the Naze.

You'll need to print this short pdf document. The Extra Walk 98 page has some additional information about the Naze Peninsula. T=swc.52
"3 on this walk" BB
Wed, 10-Dec-14 Clacton-on-Sea to Walton-on-the-Naze, via Holland-on-Sea
Sat, 14-Jul-12 Clacton-on-Sea to Walton-on-the-Naze
Wed, 15-Jul-09 Clacton-on-Sea to Walton-on-the-Naze
Wed, 06-Aug-08 Clacton-on-Sea to Walton-on-the-Naze