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.
- Paid Parking
- Off Lead Areas
- On Lead Areas
- Water On Route
Start from The Naze Tower car park (Pay and Display) about 1 mile north of Walton On The Naze67 Old Hall Ln, Walton on the Naze CO14 8LF, UK
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