Brightlingsea Beach
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  • 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.


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


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




  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
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      Brightlingsea Beach


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

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