I visited the Essex Seaside today, specifically, Walton on the Naze. I was particularly drawn to Walton for its pier – a nice long wooden one, albeit with a remarkably garish orange front area where the amusement park is. Now, I do understand mid December on a week day is not going to be peak time for such an attraction (one of the reasons I visited today), but there is something quite depressing about an amusement arcade that is bereft of…well…amused people.
In true British fashion, the good weather – light cloud and sunshine that was forecast – just meant it wasn’t too cold and it didn’t rain…but was intensely grey.
Here’s a view of the pier looking back towards the town of Walton on the Naze.