Walton-On-The-Naze has a pier whose length, at three-quarters of a mile, makes it the second longest in the country after Southend’s. The ‘Naze’ part of the name comes from the name of a clifftop area to the north of the resort where there is an art gallery which has been established in a tower built in 1720 as a navigational aid. From here, a walk to the headland is rewarded with great views of the passing shipping going in and out of the nearby ports of Harwich and Felixstowe, as well as the chance to observe migrant birds. A walk in the other direction towards Frinton-On-Sea, a relatively unspoilt, genteel resort of Victorian origins boasting a long esplanade and a broad, clifftop expanse of grass known as The Greensward, is accompanied by the cheering sight of a line of colourful beach huts, which, as we have seen elsewhere, are a regular feature of the coast in this part of the country. During the heydey of Walton-On-The-Naze as a resort, the sea holly which grows in this area was much prized by visiting tourists who were persuaded to buy the plant’s candied roots by dint of its supposed aphrodisiac properties.
For a list of events in Walton-On-The-Naze, see here.
Map of the area.