Today Walton beach is lined with beach huts and cafés and despite many improvements and modernisations still retains much of the charm and flavour of its Victorian heyday.
Steps: Ensure you read the warning signs
Around the beginning of the 19th Century Walton started to become a seaside resort.
As the medical benefits of sea air and salt water were promoted Walton boomed and began to rival other towns like Southend for popularity.
The Fossil Cliffs
The coming of the railway and the building of the pier were just what Walton needed.
Thousands of visitors from nearby overcrowded towns made the journey by rail and the pier allowed steam ships to drop off day trippers from London and Ipswich.
Climb the steps to where you started
In around 1830 “The Hotel” was opened, later to become “The Marine Hotel”, which allowed visitors to stay for longer breaks.
Today Walton beach boasts the second longest pier in Britain (Southend being the longest) and thousands of beach huts.
Miles of sandy beaches still prove as popular as ever during the summer months.
last updated: 11/04/2008 at 14:09
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