Walton-on-the-Naze to Jaywick Martello Tower
Walk 14: Sunday 11th July 2021
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Distance: 15 miles
A circuit of the Naze Peninsula to start with. Then, back in Walton, we take the prom through the popular seaside towns of Frinton and Clacton.
To all Walkers
There are two official meeting locations per day, one is at the start and the other is near the walk mid-point. If you only wish to walk your one-mile stretch and walk along with the walking party as it comes through your section, you can specify to meet ‘at my mile’ on the booking form.
If you are meeting ‘at my mile’, please understand it is difficult for us to specify the exact time the main walking party will arrive. To help you estimate this, use the scheduled times below and add 30 mins per mile to get to your mile. We are using a walking speed of 2 miles an hour as a guide.
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Please arrive 20 minutes beforehand.
- Start point 10AM: (Miles 187 – 192) Ice Cream Central (by the beach) Prince’s Esplanade, Walton-on-the-Naze CO14 8QD
- Mid point 1PM: (Miles 193 – 201) Beach Hut Kiosk, 9 The Parade, Walton on the Naze CO14 8EH
- End point 5 – 5:30PM: Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Ave, Jaywick, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 2LF
Route: Walk 14
Finding the Gems
Explore the miles on the Storymap. A selection can be found below.
Walton-on-the-Naze to Jaywick
It was the sand that first attracted me. A child of Kent knowing many pebbles this soft golden Essex sand broke all my preconceptions of a UK beach. The North Sea wavelets rhythmically sweep it from flat expanse to rippled undulation, and back again. The groynes and concrete slabs are undercut, leaving reflecting pools and pockets of water. It is far enough away from large human populations to be quieter than more accessible beaches.
These unique qualities have brought it love. It is used for baptisms. It makes you feel exuberant and well in spirit and physique. It changes every day. It never changes. Like best friends, the sea and the beach need each other – the sea comes in and washes the beach and the beach just lies there, waiting for the next big pamper-day; they are inseparable, interlocked, co-dependent, an eco-system; and so, after time here, we come to understand how we are, what we are and where we are going.
It’s free to park so cars line the Esplanade like gleaming beetles roasting in the sun. A kaleidoscope of infinite parasols bloom for a day along the shore. After a busy summer holiday, the bins are rammed – the beach feels used, and it will be, again and again and again. Skim boards, buckets, spades, balls and picnic chairs are the debris piled up and left behind. The council cleans and tidies and it becomes immaculate again. Engineers succeed in retaining the beach, they save our collective hoard of golden sand, logically barrier-building in a predictably shifting landscape.
I once found a note in a mother’s diary that mentioned finding a cottage by the sea; to know that these sanctuaries do exist is important for seeking and finding sanity in a hectic world – I dream Mile 194 will still offer that reality for people in the times to come.
By Jane Ostler-Barnett