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  • Bird life...

    Like any seaside resort, Walton has its fair share of feathered friends, & if you spend any amount of time there, you'll notice how differently each species behave & makes its home in a niche in the seaside environment...Turnstones usually flock together on the beach, moving up the shoreline as the tide arrives, but they will gather along the...

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  • Red sails in the sunrise...

    Walton is an east coast resort, so any day of the year, you can watch the sun rise over the waves...It's a great way to start the day, & very often the best part of the day, especially in wet, gloomy weather, when often this is the only opportunity to see the sun at all...0n a clear day, even in midwinter, there is something special about the...

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  • Wattisham Air Sea Rescue...

    If you like the sight & sound of big, noisy helicopters, then don't miss the Wattisham Air Sea Rescue, B Flight, 22 Squadron, when they come to Walton-on-the-Naze, in order to practice...This is a weekly event, & sometimes the helicopters just hover out to sea, dangling the man on the winch over the waves, but during holiday time, they create a...

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  • The Naze Tower...

    The Tower atop the cliffs at the headland that represents The Naze, is the iconic structure of Walton, clearly visible as faraway as Harwich & Felixstowe...0n exceptionally clear days, from the top of the tower, it's possible to see as far north as 0rford Ness, & as far south as the coast of Kent...Built in 1720 by Trinity House, to replace an...

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  • Classic Car Show...

    A regular event that happens every year in Walton, is the Classic Car Show, held in the first week of July on the Bath House Meadow...The range of vehicles on display ranges from vintage to classic, as well as some militaria, & unique custom jobs, such as hot rod Ford Pops...The lovingly looked after cars of the pre-war era are my favourite, but...

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  • Walton Maritime Museum...

    Walton Maritime Museum is housed in the town's original lifeboat house, built in 1884The original redbrick structure with barn doors facing the seafront, had to be extended at the rear in 1899 so as to accommodate a longer lifeboat, necessitating a new building be constructed at the end of Walton Pier, where the lifeboat has been launched from...

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  • Crag Walk...

    The 100m long, Crag Walk was officially opened in 2011It's purpose was to prevent the loss of the iconic Naze Tower into the sea, as might have already happened by now, owing to the extent of coastal erosion in the area...Indeed, the original settlement of Walton, was actually atop the cliffs, but all is now underwater - the original church not...

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  • Walking the cliffs at Walton on the Naze

    Walking the cliffs from the Naze Tower, either at the top or at the bottom, along the beach is a great walkThe top is an ideal place for flying kites whereas the beach has much more historic interest in that it is clear that there are at least two levels of material that make up the sandy cliff which makes them very prone to errosion. In fact the...

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  • The Pier.

    Like any self-respecting English seaside town, Walton has a pier, but not just any old pier. There's a lot of history surrounding this one. One of the earliest in the country, dating from 1830 when it was used for the passage of goods and passengers, it was nearly wrecked in the 1890's by severe weather. A replacement was called for and duly built...

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Walton-on-the-Naze Transportation

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    by planxty Updated Apr 4, 2011

    For my money, the best way to get to Walton (from London) is the train. A journey of just over one and a half hours out of Liverpool Street will land you at the station pictured. Admittedly, the service isn't terribly frequent (once an hour at peak times at 8 minutes at the hour) and you have to change at the delightfully named Thorpe-le-Soken.

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    Station, Walton on the Naze, Essex, England.
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  • A seaside town high street...

    Walton town has changed with the times, & like many a seasonal resort, shows a different character out of season, when the tourists become scarce...But, as well as the seasonal fluctuations affecting the resort, Walton's retailing front seems to alter with economic times more than any other place I know...The resort used to be a typical seafront...

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  • Walton & Frinton Lifeboat Station...

    Now that the Walton & Frinton lifeboat is moared at the end of the pier, the old lifeboat station has been turned into a maritime museum, meaning that the new HQ doubles as a souvenirs & giftshop, raising funds for the R.N.L.I...IF you wish to purchase anything from the RNLI catalogue, without having to use mail order, than visit the shop at the...

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  • A thouroughly rundown resort...

    There was a time when of the 2 neighbouring resorts of Frinton & Walton, I much preferred the latter...Walton used to be what I regarded a seaside town should be, whereas nearby Frinton, supposedly 'posh', was instead rather dowdy & uninteresting...In recent years, both resorts have spent a million of taxpayers money, each, revamping their resorts,...

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  • Mind the edge!

    A lot of my tips on here seem to fall into the 'warning or danger' category, which tends to suggest I'm a bit neurotic & prone to see the negative outcome in any situation!I prefer to think that I'm 'risk adverse', because these tips are not meant to put somebody off going to a place, merely to exercise some common sense caution, if they do...I...

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  • Radio Caroline location...

    Radio Caroline was the name of the 'pirate' station, that broadcast pop music from the North Sea, to mainland Britain...The offshore radio station was founded by Irish musician-cum-music business entrepeneur, Ronan 0'Rahilly, in 1964He had been unable to promote the singer Georgie Fame, because Radio luxembourg - the only European station...

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  • WW2 Heritage Trail...

    A heritage trail has now been signposted around what remains of the WW2 constructions on the clifftop that constitutes The Naze, beginning at the Naze tower...Unfortunately, due to coastal erosion, there isn't that much left to see, & this is unfortunate, because during the conflict, The Naze was a no-go area, because it was used for the testing of...

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  • Secret Water' locations...

    'Secret Water' was the 8th book by Arthur Ransome, published in 1939, in his series that began with the still popular, 'Swallows & Amazons'...The 'secret water' of the title, is actually Hamford Water, the estuarine environment, that is the oft over-looked, northern aspect, of the seaside town, Walton-on-the-Naze...Ransome himself used to sail in...

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