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Not only does Walton-on-the-Naze have a fine sandy beach, it is also home to the second longest pier in Great Britain.
The beach itself is a good sized stretch of sand dived up by various wooden groynes and a couple of breakwaters. As a bonus sand here is the perfect consistency for building sandcastles making it a popular choice with the kids.
Walton's beach is a good family beach; the gently shelving sand provides safe bathing and there is a seasonal lifeguard service. As a well established resort there are no shortage of facilities catering for beach-goers from classic seaside amusements to a number of beachside cafés.
If you need anything else then you can easily pop into Walton town for shops, good pubs and food - including a pie and mash shop!
As you walk away from the pier in either direction the beach becomes gradually quieter. A mile or so north is "the Naze" itself. An unspoilt headland that is designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, the Naze consists of grassland, scrub and cliffs containing a range of fossils.
Walton-on-the-Naze's beach is also nice and easy to get to. There is plenty of parking near by and the town's train station is practically on the beach.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
Dog are banned from areas the beach from 1 May to 30 September. These areas are; from the Pier to end of The Parade opposite Suffolk Street and North east from Percival Road to Naze Park Road.
OS grid ref.
TM 2542 2143