50 Walks on the Essex Coast

A walking guide describing 50 walks along the Essex coast,
the longest coastline of any English county.

Peter Caton discovered the wonderful Essex coastline as he narrated his journey along its whole length, writing Essex Coast Walk (Matador, 2009). He now describes walks covering the entire publicly accessible coast, helping others to follow in his footsteps. Detailed route instructions are provided, along with high-quality maps, while background information and colour photos add context and interest.
Following rivers, creeks and open sea, on paths, tracks and promenades, often with circuits completed across countryside, the walking and views are varied. There is much history and wildlife to be seen as the walker discovers picturesque villages, smugglers’ haunts, nature reserves and little-known gems along the coast. Walks range from 2 to 15 miles, with most having different length options, plus the possibility of linking adjoining routes. Produced in full colour, 50 Walks on the Essex Coast is an invitation for serious ramblers, or those looking for just an afternoon stroll, to discover the hidden magic of the Essex coast.

Praise for Essex Coast Walk:
“Unearths many lesser-known and quirky nuggets” – Southend Echo
Featured on BBC Radio Essex

A lifelong Essex resident, PETERCATON has a keen interest in walking, the countryside and conservation. His previous books include Essex Coast Walk, a narrative of his walk along the entire county’s coastline, No Boat Required: Exploring Tidal Islands, which includes chapters on six Essex islands, and Suffolk Coast Walk.

Available from from Swan Books

ISBN 9781785892578



I will post any helpful comments from walkers, changes to routes and other updates here.

May 2017 – Walks 1 & 2

The Tea House at Mistley has been taken over and is now open every day. The scones are just as good and the views across the river excellent. The gallery still opens from Thursday to Sunday.



Sarah – Internet Review

I live in north Essex and was running out of walks for me and the dogs, then along came this book… I love it: good maps, clear transport/parking instructions, point by point walking info and some alternative/shorter versions. Thank you Peter Caton!

James – Internet Review

I wanted to give this book 5 stars as soon as I learned of its existence. I only found about it by chance; receiving a reply from the author himself regarding my review for No Boat Required. As I love the Essex coastline a great deal (I have walked its entire length by the way) and occasionally re-visit/re-walk parts of it too, this book was something I could never refuse. In it, we have 50 walks covering virtually every part of the coastline accessible to the public; be it resorts; creeks; estuaries, and small villages/ports. It has been written like an ordinary guide book (turn left here. After half a mile, turn right there etc—). Thankfully, a little bit of info/history of many of the landmarks you may come across/see on every walk is included; all printed in a nice blue coloured ink to make it stand out. There is a small extract of a real Ordnance Survey map at the start of each walk, showing what route to take, and colour photos galore. Walks vary from 2 – 15 miles and at least a few of those will be suitable for everyone; be it families; solo walkers like myself; or day trippers; and there are longer walks for the more serious hiker, such as walk 28, the 15 mile Bradwell – Burnham-on- Crouch one for example. Many of the walks described are circular and there is a little bit of info on public transport / refreshments /toilets etc–(even tells you where to park too.)
This book has shown me walking routes that I wouldn’t have thought of, and cos of it, I now plan to re visit quite a few of those paths and places I last walked on when I was finishing off my trek along the county’s coastline back in 2010 – 11.

Keith– Internet Review

This is a super book. I love walking the Essex Coast and this book has given fresh ideas. Highly recommend. Well done to the author Peter Caton!