Brightlingsea, Alresford, St Osyth, Frinton, Walton, Dedham, Essex 140619

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Brightlingsea lido and sea

Lido: Brightlingsea lido opens early on Friday 14, 7-9:30 AM, otherwise generally 1-6 PM

Sea: There is a big car park (which has charges and also showers!), and outside of summer holidays you can also park along the road (free). You need to see where to swim depending on the tide. At high tide the usual place is in the corner between the wall that goes along to Bateman’s Tower and the beach huts. Tides are never exactly as you expect, and even locals can be surprised. We had to vary our entry point to use the steps by the far side of the tidal pool.

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Alresford

Park at the ruined church. You can drive down the road to the ford – but if it is a spring tide the road could get flooded! The footpath down to White House beach is a lovely walk. If the tide is a bit lower than ideal, so entry slightly muddy. High tide is best.

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St Osyth

Curve Wake Park, Mill Dam Lake, Mill Street, Essex, CO16 8EW, 01255 821915

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Walton on the Naze
Frinton on Sea

Described in Wild swimming walks book. Both have rail stations.

Frinton seaward end of Connaught Ave, by toilets, walkway down to beach.

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Walton, north of Albion Breakwatermap

Dedham mill, car park, canoe portage/beach entry.

In Wild swimming walks book, possible to walk along river from Manningtree rail station.

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Locations for Sat 15

Locations for Sun 16

Locations for Mon 17

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