Walton-on-the-Naze Warnings and Dangers

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    A thouroughly rundown resort...

    by arturowan Updated Mar 28, 2014

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    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, but in the case of Walton, the spending has actually been detrimental...
    The redesigned high street floods in heavy rain, due to inadequate drains, which are longitudinal slits at the edge of the kerb, so if you're riding a bike, it's dangerously easy to catch a tyre, as if in a tramline...
    The 1-way system was also altered, so instead of directing traffic around the town centre, all vehicles are now encouraged to go straight through the middle of it, so at peak times there is gridlock...
    & because parking places have been squeezed into the narrow high street, which are (ab)used by commercial vehicles, it's impossible to safely cross the road from the pavement, because there is blocked visibility...
    Like all seaside resorts, there is provision for the visitor, but this year, the public drinking fountain was inoperative & other stand pipes out of order...
    Any holidaymaker to Walton is likely to be on the receiving end of fickle weather, & there are some accomodating shelters & a palisaded area aside the pier...
    Last time I got caught in a storm down by Walton seafront, I took shelter in 1 of the public areas provided for this...
    No sooner had I sat down & started to eat something, than I noticed that I was surrounded, & I do mean SURROUNDED - by piles of dog crap...
    I suppose I ought to consider myself lucky that it wasn't summer, when all the flies would've been swarming around the disgusting stuff...
    & it's the absolute worst thing about this resort - the ignorant locals treat it as their dog toilet, & the stuff is all over the place, i.e; step off the pavement to avoid it, & on the grass you step in it instead...
    Even more annoying in some ways, is that some people put it in plastic bags, but instead of depositing these in a bin, they have to attach the bag to a tree branch, where it hangs for months, if not years...
    The official council announcement for the 2014 holiday season, was that the town was to receive another facelift around the Millennium Square area!
    The stupidity of this decision is that the renovation of the Millennium Square only occurred back in 2000 - & all that has been done to date, is remove the public seating, paid for by public money, in the middle of the car park, which nobody ever used anyway...
    Grafitti in the public lavatories reads;
    "Londoners F*** 0ff!"
    To which a Londoner has replied:
    "It's the cash from us Londoners which keeps this place alive..."
    Exactly - Walton is a seaside resort, & out of season it's like that Morrissey song, with the line:
    "The seaside town they forgot to pull down..."
    Some will say that Walton 'went to the dogs' when the caravan parks opened, but the truth is, the demise is much more recent than that, so if you're in the area & have to choose between it, or Frinton, my advice is, visit the latter...

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    Mind the edge!

    by arturowan Written Jan 27, 2014

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    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 myself have not suffered personally many of these things that I'm warning about, except for this 1
    So, I justify putting it on here, because it was an unpleasant experience, & could happen again, (despite my cynism elsewhere in this section, that The Naze end of Walton, does not truly exist anymore - the Romans called it such, because it meant 'nose', & this is how the coastline here appeared, before sea erosion, flattened the profile of the 'face'...)
    & I happened to be right at the edge of The Naze cliffs, when 1 such flattening of the coastal feature, occurred...
    0nce there was a path around the wooded area towards the end of the cliffs, & on 22nd June 2002 I was riding down it, as I'd done many times before...
    However, with the grass having thickened at mid-summer, my progress was resisted & my bicycle slowed to the extent that I had to put my right foot down, in order to balance...
    However, I was right at the edge of the cliff, & my added weight caused the soil to crumble, so that I, & my pushbike, turned through 180degrees & fell headfirst to the bottom...
    I can still remember the experience, like a slow-motion film & thinking to myself, "this might be Good-night Vienna!"
    (Then I hit hard mud, & my cycle hit me in the face!)
    ...& I think it would have been, except that I was wearing a helmet, which cracked on impact with the muddy bank, but protected my head from more than concussion...
    Even so, I estimate that I was unconscious for at least 2 hours, & felt very disoriented when I did recover consciousness, & my head ached for a week afterwards!
    In regard to the structure of the cliffs at The Naze - they are red sandstone on top of clay - a very unstable formation, because clay mud is slippery, & sandstone absorbs water like a sponge...
    After periods of heavy rain, I've witnessed up to 10m of cliff edge, having slid away to the bottom, where the action of the waves soon washes it away, as if it was never there...
    Indeed, the original settlement of Walton, was once atop the cliffs, but is now on the seabed, all of 2 miles out to sea - an event that has happened within the last 2 centuries!
    There is now a concrete wall below the steepest part of the cliffs, but I do not think it will prevent further cliff fall, because the waves themselves do not cause the erosion, so much as when it rains, the topsoil literally becomes top heavy, & slides off the clay foundation...
    So, do not have a false sense of security, if visiting The Naze - the cliffs are unstable!

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