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Best Seaside walks UK

According to Ordnance Survey, the coastline of Great Britain is an incredible 11.073 miles (17,820 km). Undoubtedly with so much shoreline to explore you are spoilt for choice when it comes to seaside walks. East Anglia offers over 500 miles of coastline ranging from traditional promenades to sandy deserted beaches to rugged rocky beaches akin to a alien landscape.

Explore the Deep History Coast

It is here in East Anglia that we start our journey to find the best seaside walks. Without a doubt one of the hidden gems of the East Coast is the 22 mile stretch known as the ‘Deep History Coast’. Stretching from Weybourne to Cart Gap. This area of coastline boasts dramatic coastal views and chocolate box seaside towns. This area of unquestionably natural beauty has over 850’000 years of history.

West Runton Mammoth

In addition to its beautiful natural beauty in 1990 a large bone was exposed in the cliffs at West Runton, this bone proved to be a part of the largest and oldest near complete mammoth skeleton in Great Britain.  Furthermore in 2013 the discovery of the oldest human footprints ever found outside of Africa were found. These foot prints were discovered in Happisburgh (hayz-buh-ruh) and date back nearly 850’000 years. This area of coastland however is one of the fastest eroding stretches in the country. These historic finds can be difficult to comprehend, however fear not a Discovery Trail not only provides you with 11 information points and an interactive app but also stunning views to observe.

Explore Victorian Seaside Walks

It should be noted that this shoreline albeit remote isn’t undiscovered exactly. With the distinctly Victorian resorts of Cromer & Sheringham drawing the tourists in there are still areas which are overlooked. This stretch is often referred to as Norfolk’s ‘bit in between’. When you head North West you will discover the gorgeous and gentrified villages of Blakeney, Cley Holkham and Wells with their streets packed with exclusive local delis selling high end groceries and treats.

Blue Flags, Kiss me quick hats and donkey rides

Moreover, when you head further South you will hit the kiss-me-quick, donkey rides resort of Great Yarmouth – Fun yes, serene no. The Deep History Coast covers both extremes of sourdough and avocado and penny pushers and kiss me quick hats, that’s not to say both can’t be found however neither dominates.

Every aspect of the UK coastline is covered here, blue flag beaches, cliffs, seaside resorts, cute villages, lighthouses, windmills are all within reach. Without a doubt you can find a bit of everything along the Deep History Coast; good surf, vintage steam trains, an easy coastal path linking the lot and the chance of seeing seals at almost all points.

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When you move further down the coast to Suffolk another beautiful Seaside Walk is on hand. The Suffolk Coastal Path stretches from Lowestoft’s Bascule Bridge to the historic Languard Fort in Felixstowe. In addition to stretching your legs you will encounter stunning beaches, glorious heathland, quaint villages and bustling seaside towns such as Southwold and Aldeburgh. You will even get to encounter the Bawdsey Foot Ferry.

Snap Maltings

A cultural stop along the way would be the world renown Snape Maltings. With its concert hall, quirky shops and fantastic eating options. Well worth a stop along the way. Sat on the banks of the River Alde, Snape finds itself just six miles from Aldeburgh.

Historic Maltings

With a history stretching back over 175 years. Snape started as an industrial site. The roots of snape as it exists today were planted by composer Benjamin Britten. In 1965 Britten leased the biggest of the maltings from George Gooderham. He converted it into the 810 seat Snape Concert Hall, which was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1967. The concert hall became home to the Aldeburgh Festival.

Lets set off from Snape and make our way across the border into Essex.

Seaside Walks in Essex

Use the  Go Jauntly app and you will find 22 brand new seaside walks along the Essex Coast. The Essex coast has so much to offer walkers, from birdwatching to beautiful architecture, and historic tales. All the walks on the app can accessed via public transport.

Essex Seaside Walks

Undoubtedly you are spoilt for choice, we have provided a selection of seaside walks we would love to complete.

Walking The Naze’ which will offer you a beautiful range of scenery and habitats whilst offering some local history as you go. This walk can be completed in 2 hours (9KM).

‘Clacton-on-Sea Heritage Trail’ allows you to discover the seaside resort whilst soaking up Clacton’s unique seaside history. This walk can be completed in 1 hour 30 mins (3KM).

‘Frinton-on-Sea Heritage Trail’ Take a step back in time with this trail Complete with fantastic architecture, beautiful beaches and wartime history a walk around Frinton is unquestionably a walk through time.

By far our favourite walk is from Frinton-on-Sea to Walton-on-the-Naze. With its pastel-coloured beach huts and a nod to nostalgia. A walk along the Southcliff prom from Frinton to neighbouring Walton is perfect for a relaxing weekend. Covering two beachfront miles from the traditional high street of Frinton to the historic wooden pier of Walton. Taking in the views out to the North Sea before stopping at Yates Fish Bar for some traditional seaside fare. This is undoubtedly one seaside walk you don’t want to miss especially in the glorious Essex sunshine.

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The England Coast Path is a major government funded project. It defines a walkable route around the full coastline of England. This is estimated to cover 2800 miles when complete. This project is far more than just a path It gives access to beaches, cliff-tops and wonderful habitats around our coast, as well as former maritime areas that were significant in Britain’s History.

Lets get ready to ramble

Sections of pathway continue to open yearly ranging from a 21-mile stretch from Hopton-on-Sea to Sea Palling. In the North East a path covering South Bents to Amble is open. With this in mind we are never far from a coastal walk. The UKs coastland covers around 11’000 miles so there’s plenty of space for us all to embrace the elements and take in the stunning views the UK has to offer.