Walton on the Naze

Walton-on-the-Naze is one of Britain’s traditional seaside towns, the pier with it’s amusements and funfair is the thired longest pier in Great Britain. This has the world’s oldest operating amusement parks offering tenpin bowling, rides, bingo and refreshments throughout the year being mostly under cover, and holds frequent alfresco concerts.

Walton on the Naze Beach

Walton on the Naze Seafront looking towards the Pier

To the north of the town is a stretch of rapidly eroding cliffs and foreshore known as The Naze. The erosion has caused the cliff to retreat by one to two metres every year, threatening nearby land and buildings. The Naze is a ‘site of special scientific interest’, as it has fifty five million year old fossils being exposed from the crumbling cliffs, making it very valuable for scientific research. The fossiliferous clays and sands exposed by erosion are a type of London Clay or red crag formations, and provide evidence of prehistoric life and the conditions of millions of years ago. The Naze Tower Walton-on-the-Naze Pier

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The sea reaches the beach by long shore drift and erodes the cliff by weathering, hydraulic action and abrasion. The cliff is being eroded back and this means land and buildings will be lost. Maybe one day the tower itself will land up on the beach below with the concrete gun towers already there – if left to the eroding sea. The Naze Protection Society was formed to campaign for erosion controls and have had some success recently.

Walton Church

The parish was earlier known as Walton-le-Soken. The name ‘Walton’ is a common word meaning a ‘farmstead or village of the Britons’, while ‘Soken’ denotes the soke (an area of special jurisdiction) that included Thorpe, Kirby and Walton.

Walton Old Light Boat House

Walton Old Light Boat House

The old lifeboat station and the new coastguard building give a fascinating insight into the maritime history of Walton-on-the-Naze which is home to a busy coastguard and lifeboat station and has been so since 1880s. The records of lives and ships saved are engraved on plates surrounding the Lifeboat Station in the days of pirate radio in the 1960s, the Walton lifeboat was frequently in attendance to the pirate radio ships in distress of which the most famous are; Radio Caroline and Radio London, both were moored off the North Essex Coast.

The Columbine Centre is the place for entertainment Contact 01255 852722 or Caxton Books, 01255 851505 to purchase your tickets. The Columbine Centre,  Princes Esplanade, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. CO14 8PZ UK

Monday

  • Healthy Habits – 11.45am to 1.45pm
  • Latin Moves – 2.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Carpet Bowls – 7.30pm to 10.00pm

Tuesday

  • Jazzercise – 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Mazazik Belly Dancing – 11.30am to 1.00pm
  • Shape Up
  • Latin Moves – 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Badminton Club – 8.00pm to 10.00pm

Wednesday

  • Gentle Fitness – 9.30am to 11.00am
  • Smooth Grooves – 3.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Weight Watchers – 7.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Carpet Bowls – 7.30pm to 10.00pm

Thursday

  • Badminton Club – 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Latin Moves – 11.00am to 12.00pm
  • Line Dancing – 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Sunday

  • Indoor Car Boot Sale – 9.00am to 12 Noon

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