The route between Colchester and Clacton/Walton is named "The Sunshine Coast Line". It is one of the five lines which lies to the east of the county.

Starting from Colchester, the line splits to travel to the station in the town centre ‘Colchester Town’ before it travels through the Hythe to the beautiful town of Wivenhoe where the small winding streets of the old village comes to an end at the picturesque quayside where fishing and sailing boats bob at their moorings. You can walk alongside the river towards Hythe Quay or the other direction towards Arlesford creek. 

Your journey travels through Alresford where you can find the finest country walks in Essex and on to Great Bentley, where the village entices you a village with pubs which overlook the 43 acre green, recognised as the largest village green in the country.  Sunny summer afternoons will find a cricket match in full swing.  

The train continues to Thorpe le Soken where the line splits giving you the choice to go the Walton on the Naze, with its great sandy beach, a pier you can walk along watching the sea fishing and crabbing, as well as ten pin bowling, rides and amusements. If you chose to take the train to Clacton on Sea, you can visit the pier with its undercover fairground for those rainy days, a bowling alley and sea front gardens.  There are also shops, pubs and restaurants and of course you'll find a fish and chip shop just yards from the sea front, alongside shell fish stalls - the local oyster merchants selling their wares that are grown and caught within the peninsula. Look out for events such as the annual air show at www.visitessex.com/  

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ESSCRP are pleased to be working with the Resorting to the Coast team who have organised the FREE walks below. The walks are offered as part of the Resorting to the Coast  project, please book your place in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guided Walks Depicting Clacton-on-Sea’s holiday heritage

Resorting to the Coast“Didn't we have a lovely time those days we spent at Clacton.”

Join Blue Badge tourist guide, Josie, on a walk to discover tales of sandcastles and deckchairs on the beach, boat rides, thrills on the pier, fish and chip suppers and variety shows in the evening. And to round off your walk why not stop for fish and chips and a cup of tea on the promenade?

The walk lasts 1.5 hours and is on paved surfaces. Please dress to suit the weather. Or even walk in your favourite retro seaside holiday costumes.  Positively encouraged! Go on, we dare you!

Dates: 1 April, 27 May, 29 July and 16 September 2018

Time and location: 11.00 a.m. at the Venetian Bridge, Pier Gap, Clacton-on-Sea

Guided Walks Depicting Frinton-on-Sea’s holiday heritage

“Such jolly times and fun we had  at lovely Frinton-on-Sea. There was tea on the lawn, games on the beach and such fun playing tennis at the club.”

Join Blue Badge tourist guide, Josie  to discover the stories and places of this most exclusive seaside town.  You could round off your walk in true genteel Frinton style with lunch at one of the tearooms on Connaught Avenue.

The walk lasts 1.5 hours and is on paved surfaces. Please dress to suit the weather. Or even walk in your favourite retro seaside holiday costumes.  Positively encouraged! Go on, we dare you!

Dates: 1 April, 27 May, 29 July and 16 September 2018

Time and location: 2.00 p.m. at the Frinton Gates, by the railway cottage  in Frinton-on-Sea

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 Arlesford Station Orchard

Arlesford Fruit Trees in LineWe are very pleased that Arlesford station on the Sunshine coast line now has an orchard!  Ten fruit trees were planted last week which were provided by The Bee Friendly Trust  who were there on the day to help plant the trees with Terri and Jayne.

The trees are a mixture of apple, pear and plum and were selected as they are heritage trees native to the area. The area next to the station used to be an orchard before being used for farming and now housing.

This is another great project ESSCRP are proud to be involved in working in partnership with the Bee Friendly Trust  www.beefriendlytrust.org

 

Arlesford Station Fruit Tree