Join us on a walk by the seaside…

Photo: Sara Hayes
1930's Houses Frinton - designed by Oliver Hill

Clacton & Frinton Seaside Heritage Walks:

Blue Badge Guide Josie Watson talks to us about her Easter Bank holiday guided heritage walks in Clacton and Frinton which were a first for Resorting to the Coast.

Our 2018 walks: 27th May, 29th July, 16th September

Walk 1 – Clacton, from the Pier to the Martello

Despite challenging spring weather I was joined by seven hardy souls on the Clacton walk (and six on the Frinton walk). A number of the Clacton walkers had travelled from Witham and Hatfield Peveral, and one gentleman was local. The group were in their fifties, sixties and seventies.

The group were on the walk for exercise, but also to bring back memories, and told me they wouldn’t have visited Clacton that morning if it hadn’t been for the walk. There was lots of reminiscence about days at the seaside, and walks along the seafront.

Everyone was fascinated by Clacton’s growth. None of the group had walked as far as the old Butlin’s site before, and there was lots of discussion about what you could do on holiday at Butlin’s. On a day like today, we all agreed, nobody fancied the idea of sheltering from the rain in a seaside shelter, if you were there staying in a B&B!

I was happy to hear my group all thought that they would book for the Frinton walk later in the year as they had enjoyed their morning so much, and they all departed happily for fish and chips to complete their seaside experience.

Walk 2 – Frinton, from the Gates to the Seafront

That same afternoon I took my second guided walk of the day in Frinton-on-Sea. All of the walkers lived in Frinton and had moved there in the last few years, with the exception of a couple who had a second home in Frinton. One lady spoke of memories of holidays in Walton-on-the-Naze and trips to Frinton, the rest were just interested in learning more about the heritage of the town.

We walked to the Greensward and down to the beach huts, and I talked to the group about the idea that the “bright young things” of the 1920’s who had beach parties in their beach huts, and got told off for making too much noise!

There was a lot of sharing of information among the group, and they all told me about people in Frinton they had spoken to who could tell them about Frinton in the past.

“It was a lovely walk – we learned a lot”
“Thank you for the very interesting walk”
“Thank you for the walk – they were a nice group of people”

Written by Josie Watson, edited by Sara Hayes.
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