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Hotels in Walton On The Naze

A small seaside town in Essex, Walton-on-the-Naze is situated north of Clacton and is a resort town known for its naze (or promontory/headland) and third-longest pier in the UK. With some beautiful natural features as well as some great visitor attractions, the town is the perfect place for a getaway.

Things to do

Bird watchers, fossil hunters and walkers will enjoy visiting the Naze, from which the town gets its name. A peninsula of rapidly eroding cliffs and foreshore just north of the town, it is an important area for migrating birds and contains a small nature reserve. The cliffs on the naze, which are a Site of Specific Historical Interest, contain a base of 54 million-year-old London Clay. This is overlaid with a two-million-year-old deposit of Red Crag which contains a large number of fossils, including sharks teeth and whale bones.

Close to the open area of the Naze, the Naze Tower can be found, an 18th-century Georgian lighthouse which is now a museum and viewpoint. The tower was once a navigational sea mark, built in 1720 to aid shipping, and was renovated in 2004 by a local family. Nowadays visitors can climb to the top of the tower for fabulous views, or visit the museum inside which tells the history of the tower. There are tea rooms inside on the first and second floors, serving hot and cold lunches and snacks.

Walton's pier is the third-longest in the country and was originally built in 1830 to land goods and passengers from steamers. The pier has been through several damaging storms and restorations over the years and today it is a popular tourist attraction. Home to amusement arcades, funfair rides and a ten-pin bowling alley, its promenade supports excellent pier fishing due to the half-mile length extending into the open sea.

Food and drink

There are some wonderful little cafés, pubs and restaurants in Walton-on-the-Naze, all just waiting to be discovered. Traditional pie and mash is served at White's Pie and Mash Shop while The Victory serves up superb pub grub. Visit Café Crème for a quick and relaxing coffee break or the wonderful Pearl of Samui for some delicious and exotic Thai food.

There are a number of Walton-on-the-Naze hotels from which to choose, whatever your budget and tastes, so planning your trip will not be hard.

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