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
) 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
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