The Sea is Calling
It’s a little known fact, but Essex has some 350 miles of coastline just itching to be discovered. Blue Flag sandy beaches and fun-filled resorts, quiet creeks and salt marshes are ideal for a multitude of experiences; from seal spotting to kayaking, bird watching and sailing. The Essex shores and coastal towns come alive during the summer season with colourful sails of boats cruising to their first regatta brightening up every visible corner of the North Sea. Take a relaxing trip on a Thames Sailing Barge or indulge in some native oysters. To fully experience this diverse coastline, book a seal cruise or a bird watching trip on one of the regular summer outings.
The sea is calling
Blue Flag beaches
Get a sense of true maritime Essex by taking a trip on one of the many Thames Sailing Barges moored at Maldon. Alternatively, visit the coastal towns of Burnham-on-Crouch, often called the Cowes of the East, and Brightlingsea that come alive with yachts during the boating season.
The Maritime Essex tour has been created to give visitors a guide to some of the best attractions along the coast. It's an eight point route, starting at Harwich and finishing at Leigh-on-Sea. Delights on this tour include Walton-on-the-Naze, which is an early Victorian seaside resort, where you can visit the second longest pleasure pier in the country. For a more sedate pace visit Frinton-on-Sea famed for its Art Deco buildings. Here you can enjoy a stroll along the attractive seafront, take in the vistas of the great North Sea and watch the more adventurous showing off their kite-boarding skills.