Walton on the NazeType of walk
Flat, BeachWhat's here
Paid Parking, Off Lead Areas, On Lead Areas, Water On RouteAbout this walk
This is a 4 mile circular walk, with mostly elevated views of the North Sea to the east and a large marsh/lake contained within the embankment which forms a boundary. For 3 miles at least it is safe to have dogs off lead and free to wander and sniff. There is a stretch which comes through town, where more care would be required. We originally found the walk described in the “Essex Walks” book from Pathfinder Guides.
Since our dog loves the beach we ignored the guide book to begin with and headed down steps from the car park to the beach below. You need to be aware of the tide, so signs advise, but it was on its way out when we arrived and safe to walk along for a few hundred yards. Once we found a suitable place we left the beach and joined the trail on the elevated embankment to continue the walk.
There is a seasonal refreshments kiosk (closed for our visit on 19th March), and I can only assume toilets to go with it, but we had no need of either and didn’t investigate.
Overall it was a very relaxing walk as the dog was free to enjoy herself with no danger from traffic or disappearing and getting lost.
Note there is also some scrub land near the Tower, which could also be explored/sniffed, probably with a few rabbits and so on, but on this occasion we bypassed that area for the beach instead.
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4 years agoGreat walk, thanks for sharing. We've been three times now! We took our beagle and my mother in law's labrador, who loved the little pools behind the main beach as much as the main water. Avoid walking on the beach around high tide times though. We turned up a couple of hours after the peak, and were forced to walk on what looked like rocks, but were in fact clumps of clay. Slippery, and not easy to walk on. Much easier to stick to the path. Looking forward to going back when the weather warms up.
3 years agoIt's a lovely walk, but very exposed in high summer! The pools and ditches turn into real mudbaths as the water evaporates, so be prepared for a very smelly dog if you let them jump into them to cool off. By the way, the cafe in the Naze Tower does lovely snacks and the proceeds go to maintain the tower.
2 months agoNice walk - but check tide times before you go! Otherwise the beach is near impossible to reach/get off! The walk up on the headland and around is also fantastic so even if you can't get to the beach you can have a lovely walk still.
How to get there
67 Old Hall Ln, Walton on the Naze CO14 8LF, UK
Start from The Naze Tower car park (Pay and Display) about 1 mile north of Walton On The Naze
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