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The Essex Coast, Experience the Unexpected!

If you haven’t explored the 350 miles of Essex coastline what are you waiting for? Not only is it one of the longest shorelines of any county in England, it’s also one of the most diverse. Rich in wildlife and wildly beautiful, explore its sandy beaches, myriad mudflats, saltmarshes, and lonely creeks.  

The stunning Essex coastline has more to offer than you think. See for yourself.

Just a stone’s throw from London, but worlds apart! Whatever the season, whatever the weather we invite you to explore the shores of Essex.

With over 350 miles of coastline and a mild climate the Essex Coastline has something for everyone. From its sandy blue-flag status beaches, rich wildlife and endless coastal walks, unforgettable eateries, unique hideaways and its abundance of activities – on land and on the water, Essex makes for the perfect coastal staycation.  

Adventures aplenty. 
Home to the world’s longest pier, enjoy traditional seaside fun for all the family in Southend or discover Clacton-on-Sea, the largest town on the Essex Sunshine Coast. Comb the beaches for hidden gems and fossils and be sure to look out for shark’s teeth! Explore Harwich at the northern tip of the county with its rich maritime history before taking a boat trip to the Walton Backwaters to scan the mudflats for seals or set sail from Maldon on a vintage sailing barge, taking in the vistas - perfect for birdwatching as waders and other migrants can be seen in their thousands.  

Home to 30 Essex islands. 
As well as some wonderful sandy and shell-covered beaches, Essex has five important rivers that encompass many islands within their estuaries. The larger islands are populated with towns, whilst the others are so small only birds live there and you may need special permission to visit. Twice a day most of the islands are cut off from the rest of Essex by high tides so be sure to check the tide times before you set off.  

Savour the flavours of the Essex coast.  
Tuck into a plate of Essex’s famous ‘Native’ oysters at Mersea Island or cockles that are salt-sea fresh at Old Leigh while watching the fishermen at their time-honoured trade. Enjoy a chilled glass of wine (or two!) at one of the county’s award-winning vineyards and breweries, some just a stone’s throw from the stunning coastline, and there’s plenty of friendly, atmospheric gastro pubs serving great local produce too.   

What will you discover? Plan your memorable Essex staycation today #MakeItEssex 

Discover Britain’s most easterly inhabited island and a land unto itself