The Naze, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, England
The Naze Tower, which is open to the public only from April to October, was built in 1721 and is 85 feet high. It was erected by Trinity House as a navigational marker but is no longer used as such.
This is the view from the top of the cliffs near the tower. There is an easy path down to the beach.
Walton Backwaters, seen here from the Naze, were the setting for Arthur Ransome's book 'Secret Water' which is one of the Swallows and Amazons series. These backwaters are part of the Essex marshes.
There is a large car park on top of the cliffs at The Naze for which you will have to pay. There is also some free street parking nearby but you would probably need to be early, or out of season, to get a space.
The Naze is also of geological interest and in this view the stratification can easily be seen in the cliff. The Red Crag deposits which make up the sea cliffs are quite young in geological terms being about only 1-2 million years old.
The soft sandy Red Crag deposits are unstable and prone to frequent collapses as can be seen here. These deposits are the Waltonian sub-stage of the Pleistocene Red Crag and is the oldest pleistocene crag deposit in Europe.
Underneath the Red Crag is the London Clay, about 50 million years old, which can easily be seen on the foreshore, and at the base of the cliffs, at low tide.
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