Brightlingsea Beach
  • Brightlingsea Beach
  • Brightlingsea Beach
  • Brightlingsea Beach
  • Brightlingsea Beach

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Brightlingsea on the River Colne is rich in seafaring history and has the distinction of being the only Cinque Port outside Kent and Sussex.  The town is a haven for yachting and hosts international sailing events annually.

Its sandy beach runs along Western Promenade next to Batemans Tower, a historic local landmark.  A parade of beach huts lines an attractive and enjoyable waterside walk where you can join the nature trail along the site of an old railway line to Alresford Creek.  A range of sports and leisure activities are available along the promenade and sailing barges offer pleasure trips to visitors.

Beach Facilities

Sandy and shingle



Beach huts

Dog restricted area


Car Parking – pay car park / street parking

Disabled visitors’ facilities / disabled access to beach / disabled visitors parking spaces


Activities – Windsurfing / surfing / canoeing / sailing / jet skiing

First aid

Lost child centre

Other Information

Powered and non powered watercraft

Submerged rocks on seawall


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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
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  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets



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      Access by road via the B1027 and B1029 – CO7 0HH. Access by bus from Colchester.

      Brightlingsea Beach


      Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex, CO7 0HH

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