Walton on the Naze

I popped over to Walton on the Naze this afternoon to try and photograph the old pill boxes and bunkers that have fallen into the sea following the erosion of the coast. Last time I had a look at these was about a year ago…they’ve really suffered at the hands of the sea since then, although the tide hadn’t gone out far enough for me to photograph the bunkers that still remain. The added bonus was the sunset. More after the break…

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I took a drive across to Walton on the Naze today. When I arrived it was completely overcast and starting to rain.

After a rather depressing walk along the pier…to find the end of the pier was closed I returned to the car to ponder my next move. Rather than go home I decided to take a chance and drive up to the Naze Tower, I figured I could always just sit in the car and watch the sea. I arrived to find the sun breaking through the clouds and a small rainbow making an appearance…the weather then just got better and better, clear blue skies and very mild.

If you are wondering – the title refers to the ship that the rainbow is over – from the Maersk line.

Just goes to show, never give in to the British weather!

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Not all is quite as it seems in this shot of shells found on the beach at Walton on the Naze. The shot was taken in our spare bedroom and lit with a small torch. The shells are genuinely from Walton On The Naze, the pebbles, well actually they came out of a packet 😉

Click below to see the behind the scenes shot of where it was taken!

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Handholding a shot for a second is not recommended…but I had deliberately set out without my tripod, I’d left it in the car…then I saw this view and thought I’d like to at least try and get this shot. I had to reduce the ISO to 50 to get the slow shutter speed and I then took a series of shots with the camera jammed against my face whilst trying not to breath 😉

You can tell this is the East coast at the moment by the size of the waves! This was taken at Walton On The Naze in Essex.


I visited the Essex coast, Walton on the Naze to be precise, at the weekend specifically to take some long exposure shots. This shot is the reverse of that 😉 as I’m sure you can see, but I liked this shot as much for the sky as the sea. You can see the long exposure shots on my Flickr site here.


One of the most popular posts on the blog is of the beach huts at Brightlingsea.  Walton on the Naze, (which is 15 miles east of Brightlingsea) also has beach huts but, rather than the standard one long row across the front, these are located in a row of terraces which I’ve not come across before (although I will admit that I am in no way an authority on beach huts).


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.