Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Sunday 6th October 2013

Toilets: outside the Naze Tower

We went on a field trip to Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, to look at cliff erosion and management issues.  It was the first weekend in October yet the weather was absolutely beautiful.  I wore a t-shirt and ate ice-cream, and really should’ve brought sun cream.  There were still quite a lot of ripe blackberries growing along the cliff tops, surprisingly late in season.

We took a coach through the town itself, which looked like a charmingly old-fashioned seaside town, but we weren’t on holiday so there was no time to stop.  We carried on up to the car park by the Naze Tower, a listed building containing a museum and tea house, along with 111 steps up to the top for some far-reaching views.  Unfortunately there was no time to climb up it.  I’d like to go back one day.

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Sea defences have been built along some parts of the coast but not others.  The Crag Walk was completed in 2011 and is quite attractive to walk along.

Walton5aIt’s necessary to allow erosion somewhere, in order to provide a sediment supply for beaches and marshes.  Here’s an example of the kind of slumping that can be seen along the Naze.

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The cliffs have layers of London Clay and Red Crag, with Brickearth above.  All along the beach there were lumps of soft, sticky clay lying around.

Walton6Here’s the view across the water to Harwich, or possibly Felixstowe.

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Seaside!

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