Clacton-on-Sea is a small seaside town in Essex. It first became popular as a seaside resort in 1871 and its heyday as a place for holiday-makers was during the 1950s. Today, it is a quiet and picturesque seaside hideaway with blue waters, a pleasure pier, arcades, a golf course, and the Clacton Carnival in summertime.
In England, you are never more than 72 miles from the sea. It is easy to forget that we have such effortless access to beautiful beaches and blue horizons. It is a great privilege to be able to hop in the car and reach the edge of the world within an hour. The salty tang of sea air, the soft sands underfoot, and the fronds lining the shoreline are all so refreshing.
It wouldn't be a trip to the seaside without a spot of fish and chips, though, and Clacton has some of the best you can find. On the pier they serve fresh, hot chips smothered in salt and vinegar.
Just a small jaunt down the road and you reach the sandy beaches of Frinton-on-Sea, another quiet seaside resort dominated by pretty Edwardian architecture and small sea cliffs. Colourful beach huts line the shore and the town itself is a winding maze of narrow streets and independent shops.
It wouldn't be summertime without a trip to the British coast. From sandy shores to jagged coastal cliffs, from rocky outcrops to the surviving Victorian aesthetic of seaside resorts, the coast offers an endless array of landscapes, vistas, and things to see and do. It is our good luck that we have so much natural beauty right on our doorstep and I'm definitely going to take advantage of it more.