Walking and Cycling around Clacton

Both walking and cycling are quite easy in Clacton as we are so flat

The Tendring NHS Health walk can start for you at the end of our road. The walk is 1870 meters long, it should take between 20 to 30 minutes and could burn off 360 calories. Further details at The Sandrock.

Walking the Promenade at any time of year is a great way to relax. From the end of our road you can make your way down the gradual gradiant slope to the Beach Promenade (Cyclist would have to avoid the busy parts of the Promenade before using the prom). Turn left (East)and you can walk for a few hours, Holland-on-Sea, Frinton then all the way to Walton-on-the-Naze. You can then choose whether you want to return along the seawall or catch the bus back to Clacton. If your really keen carry on to The Crag Walk where each step cost approx £5500.(Far end of Walton). You could also return via bus from Frinton, buses are from the train station.

The Crag Walk is 100 meters long and cost approx £1.100.000. to build. Its the much needed sea defence to the Walton cliffs to protect the mighty 86ft Grade 2 historic Naze Tower built in 1720 for shipping. The cliffs themselves are also of historical importance (SSSI)for fossil hunters. The Tower is open to the public from 10am to 5pm 1st April to end Oct, Tea room, art gallery, roof viewing platform over The Naze and Hamford Water another relaxed walk.

If you like a bit of history during your walk try “The Harwich Maritime Heritage Trail, www.harwich-society.com meet Sat 2pm on The Half Penny Pier info centre. Or www.nazeman.fsnet.co.uk Many more walks or cycle rides available, information at The Sandrock.

Turn right (West) at the promenade and your can walk to Jaywick then onto Point Clear. Here you will find the East Essex Aviation Society and Museum within the 1806 Martello Tower. It houses wreckage from 2nd world war American P51 Mustang planes of the 479th Fighter Group, plus a one million year old mammoth bone dug up locally. Stroll a bit further to St Osyth where during the summer you could either catch the foot ferry to Mersea Is or Brightlingsea (Bikes carried) www.brightlingseaharbour.org Mersea Is, having The Company Shed written about regually in the Sunday Papers for fresh sea food and Colchester Oysters + The Vine Yard with its micro brewery. Both business’s make Mersea Is worth a visit.

Cycle hire www.tendringbicyles.com 01255 470180. High St Clacton.

A walk in the woods can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/stourestuary

Dedham/Flatford Mill an area of outstanding natural beauty and a must area to walk,cycle,canoe,row a boat (hire available). If you can’t feel relaxed here you need to see your Doctor. Visitor Centre at Flatford Mill + Car park, nearest Trains/Buses at Manningtree a short walk.