At 350 miles long, the Essex coast is one of the longest of any county in Britain. On a map, the eastern edge is cut with jagged indentations like crooked fingers. These are the county’s many rivers and Harwich, located at the mouth of both the Orwell and the Stour is a good place to start exploring this estuarine landscape.
The story of Harwich is a maritime tale. It’s about how water has shaped not only the physical aspect of the town but its character. Discover the secrets of this delightful Essex town as you wander along the seafront, see the lighthouses that guided boats safely into harbour and a shipyard which built the finest warships of its day.
Stroll the charming streets of the old town and hear stories of the town’s seafaring past and its present role in keeping mariners safe. Walk out on the town's Victorian pier and be awed by the architectural beauty of Felixstowe skyline across the water.
Discover 'one of the best-kept secrets in Essex' for yourself...
1 ¼ miles
a flat route along the esplanade and through the old town
- Suitable for:
plenty of seaside sights to interest children
an entirely step-free route
should be kept on a lead in the town centre
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- Harwich Town railway station
- The Esplanade near the Low Lighthouse
- Getting there:
nearest station Harwich Town. Change at Manningtree from London and East Anglia
access from Junction 29 of the A12, charges to park in town
many local routes and long-distance coaches
on National Cycle Route 1 Fakenham to Harwich