The capital of the Sunshine Coast which boasts over 36 miles of clean sandy beaches along the north east Essex coastline and is also acclaimed as the driest location in England.
Clacton became a popular holiday location with the early Victorians who travelled here by steamboat and the town was built up around the pier, although its name is derived from the ancient village of Great Clacton which is located one mile inland and has now been absorbed into the town borough. The Pier still stands and is now a popular tourist attraction as are the beautiful promenade memorial gardens. There are also a wide range of other recreational facilities including two theatres, a two screen cinema, two golf courses adjacent the town airfield, bowling greens, sports centre with swimming pool and for those night owls there is a fantastic selection of olde worlde and modern themed pubs, restaurants and two nightclubs.
There is an attractive blend of housing with most of the older properties situated around Clacton Town and in the Great Clacton village centre. As Clacton became popular as a retirement location many bungalows were built along the coastline from Holland-on-Sea through to Jaywick. Most of the modern housing which includes starter homes, family properties and more bungalows are located inland at Great Clacton and around Bockings Elm.
With excellent road links Clacton offers ease of travel to London (70 miles), the rest of East Anglia and the Midlands. The prosperous town of Colchester is 15 miles and Harwich, the gateway to Europe through its ferry systems is only 9 miles. Clacton's mainline railway station connects to London´s Liverpool Street and serves a sizeable commuter population and is also a favourite with day trippers.
Frinton-on-Sea is situated on the east coast and one of the many things it is renowned for is its main shopping thoroughfare,Connaught Avenue, also known as the 'East Anglia's Bond Street' it has many exclusive shops and boutiques. Frinton has a fantastic coastline and a prestigious greensward enjoyed by many the whole year round. Also known for its sporting facilities, there is an eighteen hole golf course, cricket & bowls clubs and the historic tennis club which hosts an exclusive veterans tournament every year that can attract many big name players.
Up until the 1890's Frinton was a small village comprising of a church, several farms and a handful of cottages. R Powell Cooper who bought out the original developer, Peter Bruff, and laid down the golf course, stipulated the quality of the housing and prohibited boarding houses and pubs. Frinton rapidly developed throughout the 20th Century into the thriving coastal town it is today.
Frinton is on the mainline railway with an approximate journey time of 90 minutes into London's Liverpool Street Station.
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Tendring District Council Essex Sunshine Coast Frinton Google map
Walton-on-the-Naze is a traditional seaside town with many original Victorian features still evident today. Walton has a fascinating history, wonderful walks & nature reserves and miles of golden sandy beaches. One of Walton's most historic features in The Naze Tower which stands 86' tall and was built as navigational aid for shipping back in the 1720's. The Tower is under serious threat from coastal erosion and unless the local 'Save the Naze' campaign is successful the tower will end up at the bottom of the cliffs within 50 years. Walton also boasts Britain´s second longest pier.
Walton's modern era dates back to the 1820's with the opening of 'The Marine Hotel'. The pier opened in 1830 and attracted steam boats from London & Ipswich. The mainline railway arrived in 1867 from then on Walton-on-the-Naze has not only become a popular seaside tourist destination and desirable place to live.