The Geography Department




7 February  2007


Walton-on-the-Naze  1998


Walton-on-the-Naze  July 30 2001

Walton-on-the-Naze  September 22 2001


Walton-on-the-Naze  January 1 2002

Walton-on-the-Naze  February 15 2002

Walton-on-the-Naze  May 26 2002

Walton-on-the-Naze  November 16 2002


Walton-on-the-Naze  January 6 2003

Walton-on-the-Naze  October 30 2003


Walton-on-the-Naze  January 18 2004

Walton-on-the-Naze  June 5 2004 Naze Tower

Walton-on-the-Naze  June 5 2004

Walton-on-the-Naze  November 3 2004


Walton-on-the-Naze  February 2005

Walton-on-the-Naze  May 29 2005

Walton-on-the-Naze  July 2005

Walton-on-the-Naze  November  2005


Walton-on-the-Naze  February 2006

Walton-on-the-Naze  September 2006


Walton-on-the-Naze  February 2007

Walton-on-the-Naze  May 2007


'Save the Naze for Future Days '

links to local groups fighting to save the coastline at Walton


Saving the Naze - slogan above - the news and a full set of links!

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





Naze update  October 23 2006

                    December 6 2006

                    February 7 2007





Groyne in action!


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October 23 2006







A trip up the Naze Tower over half term gives a great view of the retreat, of the embayments (centre), and the position of the concrete slabs and the end of the protected coast, with its rip-rap toe.

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December 6 2006


Its what groynes do!


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A high tide is seen eating away at the foot of debris flows at the Naze; the clay basement is resisting more than the overlying red crag, as usual, although, as this is a flow, there is no homogeneity in the material arriving on the beach.

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The profile  of the cliffs at the Naze can be seen here, at least, as quite concave. Erosion at the foot of the cliffs is steepening the overall gradient, whilst slumping away from the free face reveals near-vertical facets to the slope.


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The slumping material caught in dramatic light; in the centre the debris flow resembles a volcanic lava channel.

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Naze update  February 7 2007







Walking towards the Naze area from East Terrace and along the shore northwards. In the left photo are some new houses, typical of the type needed for the rental market, and of course, the deserted foreshore on  Jubilee Beach on a very brisk morning.

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The beach huts for part of a tier of development along the protected coast in Walton; recurved sea wall, esplanade, concrete steps, beach huts, stabilised grassy slope, park area, public shelter, roadway and housing.

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Somebody had created a beach sculpture from driftwood just north of the Mabel Greville breakwater!

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Some photographs of the concrete blocks employed in the sea wall; they are prone to slippage if the beach is lowered and their foundations undercut.

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What happens when a groyne is partly dismantled for maintenance? Its load is transferred to the next cell down the line - just in case you didn't know!

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Rip rap marks the end of the protected coast in Walton, but, as here it is in danger of being outflanked. The scene is one of rapid mass-movement, largely from mobile flows.

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These photos show the area in danger of being eroded by outflanking sea attack, in relation to the footpath steps to the Tower and the last A-frame breakwater.

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Some details from the first embayment north of the footpath steps

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The top of the cliff is not retreating very rapidly, but the depth of its free face increases and the mobile flows below slide onto the beach and are removed by the sea.

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The Naze Tower from a spot easily found at a later date/Cliff Parade looking towards Jubilee Ground/Poplars Old People's Home in Naze Park Road.

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The old lifeboat stations now serves as a museum, in East Terrace, next to the Coastguard's centre. The centre and right photos show an example of the seaside house with all the basic requirements: painted white, a veranda or elevated terrace, a conservatory and a pristine, low-maintenance front garden!

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