Walton

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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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.