Wednesday, 1 July 2009

I cycle to Walton-on-the-Naze: another place - another beach.

18-30: Yep - another beach and another East coast resort. This is the posh end of the beach with extraordinary beach huts in serried ranks up the cliff. Very attractive - busy with lots of small children digging holes and paddling - with their mummies - rather old-fashioned in some sense but nice. And a complete contrast to the other end of the beach - around the pier. The wrong end of the beach is an old fashioned 'chips and kiss-me-quick' zone - but also crawling with infants-school children - wonderfully supervised by their teachers and having fun.

The town has a run down feel - some really run-down (but very nice 19th century) houses on the sea front led me to wonder why no-one has taken them over and done them up. The usual empty shops in the high street but also a good bread shop and butchers - lots of tea shops. A surprisingly endearing place.

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