Walton on the Naze trail

Back Old Hall Lane, Walton on the Naze CO14 8LE

An interesting walk exploring the history of the Naze during World War Two.

This trail explores World War Two defences on the Naze peninsula was the first such trail to be launched in Essex as part of the project. This area was chosen because the Naze has a very interesting World War Two history, including the site of one of Britain’s first guided weapons research installations. Back in 1940 Essex  was a potential target for German invasion plans.  It was during this delicate time that to combat invasion plans four main defence lines were built across Essex, including pillboxes (known as bunkers in Europe) and other defences. At the Naze, visitors are guided around a trail with five information boards, enabling them to see four pillboxes, including two that have slid down onto the beach because of coastal erosion.  The trail also explains the wider World War Two history including the use of peninsula for army training, and adaptation of the Naze tower (an 18th-century sea mark) as a radar tower. The role the area played as the setting for Britain’s guided missile testing in 1944 is also described. A particular feature of the information boards is the use of contemporary photographs from local photographers and the Imperial War Museum. These include photos of troops undergoing training, how the pillboxes might have looked when in use, and rare footage of the missile testing facilities. The information boards are supported by a leaflet and a website (http://www.walton-on-the-naze.com/Whatson/whatson.htm).

Short walk at a slow pace. Dogs and children are welcome. This walk is off road, and the terrain is grassy and can be uneven. Refreshments and toilets are available at the start point.

Start Point and End Point

The Naze Tower

1.5km/1mile

Regular trains from Colchester to Walton-on-the-Naze.

Bus service from the town to the Naze.

Pillbox on the Walton on the Naze trail

Pillbox on the Walton on the Naze trail

Artillery Pillbox on the Walton on the Naze trail

Artillery Pillbox on the Walton on the Naze trail

Piillbx in the sea, seen from the Walton on the Naze trail

Piillbx in the sea, seen from the Walton on the Naze trail

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