All about Essex

Discover "hidden treasures" throughout the beautiful county of Essex, home to some awesome coastline & beautiful rivers.   Experience Frinton-on-sea with it's immaculately clean sandy beaches still studded with Victorian style beach huts & fine coastal walks.  The River Crouch flows entirely through the English county of Essex and has some designated areas for Waterskiing. Or for the more sedate, Walton backwaters is a National Nature Reserve. www.visitessex.com

As well as being a very rural county, dotted with pretty villages and picturesque countryside, Essex has one of the longest coastlines of any county in England. Indeed Essex boasts a real maritime flavour.  Get a sense of true maritime Essex by taking a trip on one of the many Thames Barges moored at Maldon. Alternatively, visit the coastal towns of Burnham-on-Crouch, often called the Cowes of the East, and Brightlingsea that come alive with yachts during the boating season.

The Maritime Essex Tour has been created to give visitors a guide to some of the best attractions along the coast. It's an eight point route, starting at Harwich and finishing at Leigh-on-Sea, close to Southend-on-Sea. Delights on this tour include Walton-on-the-Naze, which is an early Victorian seaside resort, where you can visit the second longest pleasure pier in the country. In Burnham-on-Crouch you can enjoy a stroll along the attractive quayside and take in the vistas of the estuary. Alternatively visit Maldon where the graceful Thames Sailing Barges are moored and provide a splendid spectacle.

Beaches, just a few of those Essex has to offer: -

Clacton - has lovely sandy beaches, safe sea bathing, water sports, a Victorian pier with undercover amusements & fun fair. This is traditional family seaside fun at it's best!

Frinton on Sea - A family seaside resort that could be described as keeping itself "exclusive" or "discerning". Tree-lined residential avenues sweep down to the elegant Esplanade and cliff-top greensward. The long stretch of sand beach is quiet and secluded.

Southend on Sea - Bright, vibrant and exciting - Southend offers a glorious seven mile stretch of coastline. Award-winning beaches, beautiful parks and gardens, family fun attractions, museums, art galleries and exhilarating watersports.  Take a walk along the world's longest pleasure pier (stretching 1.33 miles in the Thames estuary) - ride the little trains to the end.

Walton on the Naze - A traditional seaside town with many of its original features still evident to this day. It has a fascinating history, wonderful walks and nature reserves, the second longest pier in Britain and of course miles of golden sandy beaches.

Burnham on Crouch

During the summer months Burnham gently buzzes with activity throughout the town, quayside and along the riverside walk making it an ideal destination for a pleasant day out.  The town is situated on the north bank of the river Crouch on a peninsular of land to the east of Chelmsford. Burnham receives many visitors throughout the summer months, many of them yachtsmen taking advantage of the sailing clubs, cruising and racing that is an essential element of Burnham. Equally, many people come to walk the riverside paths or simply wander along the quay soaking up the atmosphere or to visit the quaint town's many pubs and caf├ęs.

Coastal Sea Fishing Trips

Razorbill Charters offer day trips aboard one of their skippered vessells for fishing the Thames Estury.  The boats are each licensed and insured to carry up to six passengers and two crew. You can charter on the  basis of hiring the whole boat, or you can pay an individually and go out with other like minded fishermen.

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