This weekend we decided to have a day out at Walton-on-the-Naze as Oscar really wanted to go fossil hunting. Why Walton I hear you ask? Well up at the Naze there is eroding cliffs which means there a good chance of finding fossils on the beach. What follows is a review of our day out and a few photos.
Walton-on-the-Naze is easily accessible by road with just a trip on the A12 and A120 for most of the journey then onto well-kept local roads for the rest of the trip. There a few nice villages your pass through on the way also such as Thorpe-le-Soken with its beautiful shops and fantastic local pubs. It a lovely place to stop to pick up supplies for the beach.
Walton-on-the-Naze is also accessible by rail and is the last stop on the sunshine coast trainline which also forms part of the Great Eastern Main Line. It’s a very quick and easy line to take and the rail station right in the town. To get to Naze it’s just a short walk along the beach.
Parking & Facilities
If you’re coming by car there is ample parking at the Naze, the car park is well maintained and is reasonably priced at £5.00* to park all day. Once your parked your find a visitor centre and two cafes one inside the visitors centre and one just outside. There are also public toilets which are open daily from 8am to 6pm. In the summer months there is a museum inside the Naze Tower sadly when we visited this was closed as it was winter. There is also an number of picnic benches for general use.
The Beach and Cliffs
The area above the cliffs is where the tower and visitor centre this is a grassed area with beautiful walks overlooking the sea. They have placed some fencing at the cliff edge however it’s not all guarded so caution is recommended. There is lots of signs warning you of where the dangers are. This area is also a popular spot for dog walker with many dogs off the lead so if you’re not keen on this then maybe just head straight down to the beach.
The Beach is accessed by a steep set of stairs so for pushchairs it’s not the best we had to carry Hectors pushchair down. However, once you reach the bottom there is a well-maintained promenade. At the bottom of the stairs is the beach or if you take a short walk to your left your find the cliffs and a set of stairs leading down to the beach in front of the cliffs. This beach is fascinating as your also see some old WW2 shoreline defences.
The Fossil Hunt
We decided to go along to the beach just after Storm Dennis with the hope of find some fossils that would have been washed out of the cliffs in front of the beach. We hunted high and low and where able to find some but not as many as we hoped. However, the cliffs and the different layers in the sun where beautiful.
Our General Thoughts
It was a fantastic day out. The journey was easy as was the parking. We took a packed lunch so can’t say anything about the cafes as we didn’t use them. We found it a shame the museum was not open especially as it was half-term and the Naze was quite busy. There could be better access to the beach however that’s mother nature for you. All in all, a great day out. We are thinking of going back in Easter as the visitor centre has a number of events planned that we like the look of, maybe we see you there.
*All Prices are correct at time of writing (FEB2020)