The Geography Department




1 August  2007


Walton-on-the-Naze  1998


Walton-on-the-Naze  July 30 2001

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Walton-on-the-Naze  January 1 2002

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Walton-on-the-Naze  January 6 2003

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Walton-on-the-Naze  January 18 2004

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Walton-on-the-Naze  February 2005

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Walton-on-the-Naze  February 2006

Walton-on-the-Naze  September 2006


Walton-on-the-Naze  February 2007

Walton-on-the-Naze  May 2007

Walton-on-the-Naze Aug 1 2007



'Save the Naze for Future Days '

links to local groups fighting to save the coastline at Walton


Naze Notes - a revamped site with good support for fieldwork - includes November 2007 surge!

The Naze Protection Society - seagull logo above! - very good on erosion history.

NAZE NEWS Digest of stories - past and present - including new revetment plan!



The Naze Tower   


The Naze, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE


Opening times are: April-November 10am-5pm


Admission prices:

2.50  per person

1.50  per child 4-15 years.  Under 4 years  free

6 per family - 2 adults & up to 4 children under 15 years

12 Friend of the Naze Tower - all year + two guest slots

22 pair adults, 33 for a family

School groups (such as fieldwork)  .. reduced rate - book in advance.

contact: e-mail  mail@nazetower.co.uk or phone 01255 852519




August 1 2007




The cliff top next to the cafe and tower has developed further significant cracks, here running beneath a slab of concrete, left and amputating the headland at the northern end of the first embayment, right. In the centre is the current state of play from the cliff top to the A-frame Tower groyne.





Despite there having been no major slips, the first embayment has seen losses - from its northern headland, left, rotational slumps, centre, and from increasingly fretted cliffs.




To the north of the high cliffs the sea has been taking slabs out of an old concrete-faced embankment, as well as visibly lowering the beach. On the right is an eroded piece of tree trunk, the provenance of which is unclear.



The beach is marked by washed-out trees, as the shoreline encroaches on an area of woodland; on the right the clay base proves, as usual, to be more resistant than the sands above.



This low embankment is being worn away at its seaward extremity, but over most of its length is not being tested. A lagoon has developed behind the low sand and clay beach, with a build-up of saltwater vegetation .. and, in the heat of summer, algae.






Pictures of the lagoon, on the left towards Felixstowe, in the centre over the sand (seeded some years ago) beach, and on the right, the armoured embankment and, in the distance, the Naze Tower.








Down on the beach the break up of two embankments can be seen. On the left is the southern version, in the centre the beach of clay and stones, and on the right the less-well protected embankment adjoining  Hamford Water.




On the southern flanks of Hamford Water a number of features can be seen, such as, on the left, a wattle fence seeking to retain saltwater marsh, and more muscular defences, in the shape of steel piling seen in the centre and right-hand photos.




The information panel at the location of the photos above.



The view across the lagoon at Walton, towards the Stour and Orwell estuaries, and the cranes of Felixstowe docks.



Walton-on-the-Naze Hamford Water Essex coast coastal erosion rotational slumping cliffs defences groynes breakwaters  backwaters salt marsh tourism