Walton Bank Holiday Weekender

I’m back from a lovely long weekend in Walton-on-the-Naze after a short first week back at work – from Kashgar to Walton in less than 7 days.

Frinton called on sunny Saturday morning, after a huge fry up breakfast at Walton’s High Street cafe which fuelled our stroll along the sea front. One of my favourite beach huts has had a face lift (and an extension):

Beach hut, Walton on the Naze (2005)
Beach hut, Walton on the Naze (2005)
Beach hut, Walton on the Naze (2010)
Beach hut, Walton on the Naze (2010)

After eyeing up houses the estate agents’ windows, Frinton’s charity bookshops provided a goodly haul, mainly unread novels in Ian Rankin’s Rebus series. Still too full of fry up to indulge in an ice cream from the ‘new’ ice cream parlour, we returned to Walton along the side streets and the sea front – aka ‘Frinton Park’ – which have some lovely 1930’s homes, and this overly large scale new apartment block.

Back to the caravan via the Co op and the Wright Family Bakers for a lazy afternoon’s reading before venturing out for an early evening pint of Abbot ale and packet of crisps at The Victory followed by a curry at the Ocean Indian Restaurant.

Sunday was a wild, windy and wet day, too blustery for us to venture outside for most of the time. Thank heavens for the new novels and the bakery/co op goodies. Late afternoon we took the footpath down to Hipkins Beach to check on the beach hut, returning via Curiosity Garden.

Monday started windy and cloudy but cleared and calmed down as the morning went on, luring us back out to the Naze and tea and cake at the Naze Tower cafe.

Catching the 4.30pm from Walton we were home for 7pm, even with a (super efficient – yes!) rail replacement service from Ingatestone. Just time for another pint and packet of crisps, this time at The Fox and Anchor.