Walton is a short 30 minute drive from Lee Wick Farm, just past Frinton-on-Sea.
It’s a traditional seaside town with the third longest pier in the country. The pier offers all the usual amusements and fun fair rides that kids (large and small!) might enjoy, plus tenpin bowling, a diner, coffee shop and bar.
If you want to find out more about the pier, such as opening times and admission have a look here
There is a lovely mix of old and new beach huts for hire close to the pier, if you would like to make a day of it on the beach
Walton has some lovely sandy beaches, (some of which are dog friendly) and Albion Beach has been voted one of the top 20 beaches in the UK.
Close to the beach is a cafe and a park, useful for the kids if the tide is in.
You can walk along the coastline from here to the Naze Tower and on to Crag Walk.
The Tower, which is Grade II listed, was built in 1720 as a mark of navigation for passing ships. Unfortunately the coastline is eroding here and it’s predicted that in 50 years the Tower may well tumble in to the sea along with the remains of pill boxes that can already be seen on the beaches below. After paying a small admission fee, you can go up the Tower via a 111 step spiral staircase to see fabulous views over the surrounding countryside and sea. The Tower is now used as an art gallery and downstairs there is a very nice tea room (which is free to use), have a look at the website
The cliffs here are designated a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ and are composed of London Clay (54 million years old), topped with Red Crag (2 million years old). Many fossils can be found at the base of the cliffs, such as sharks teeth, whale bones and gastropod shells. I have to say I have looked and looked and as yet have found nothing, you may be more lucky!
You can go Geocaching round the tower, this encourages you to do some fossil hunting around the cliff top and beaches.
To begin searching for fossils, head down the cliff steps to Crag Walk, this was created to save a section of the Naze and the Tower from the sea. It’s a great viewing platform for the cliffs as it’s accessible at high tide.
You can walk all along the beach now (do check the tide times) to the Naze Nature Reserve, which doubles back towards the tower, you’ll find more details on their website.
Back towards the town you’ll find Walton Maritime Museum which houses one of Walton’s oldest lifeboats; James Stevens No 14.
To finish your day in Walton, head to one of the cafe’s, the Pie and Mash shop, or we quite like The Victory, which is dog friendly too.
Heading away from Walton, if you take the back road, Kirby Road, towards Kirby or Frinton you’ll come across Titchmarsh Marina and HarbourLights which looks out over the local backwaters. It’s a relaxing place for a coffee during the morning, or perfect for a sun downer and something to eat at the end of the day.