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Essex: Rough Guide published for county’s coastline

18:36 13 May 2014

Beach huts. Photo: Anglia Press Agency and Warren Page

Beach huts. Photo: Anglia Press Agency and Warren Page

A tourist guide featuring the Essex coastline will launch this month.


Make the Most of the Discovery Coast, a 64-page publication produced jointly by Rough Guide and Visit Essex, will detail some of the county’s better-known and more secret coastal delights.

It is the first ever Rough Guide to an English county.

George Kieffer, chairman of Visit Essex, said: “I am delighted we and Rough Guides have worked in partnership in producing this unique and inspirational guide to the Essex Discovery Coast. Essex has the longest coastline of any county in England and is only one hour from London, but so different that it could be hundreds of miles or an age away.

“There is much to discover, from vineyards and oysters, cockle-sheds and pubs, to one of the oldest chapels in England and the longest pleasure pier in the world.

“There is nature in abundance with seals basking in the sun in the Walton Backwaters, RSPB and Essex Wildlife Trust reserves and a coast teeming with sea-birds.

“In fact you will be surprised if you have not discovered this before and the Rough Guide will be an excellent start to your explorations.”

Sam Cook, Rough Guides author of Discovery Coast, said: “Dramatic and otherworldly, surprising and serene, the Discovery Coast definitely gets under your skin. I was staggered by its sheer variety of destinations and its huge range of activities – sailing, birdwatching, fossil-hunting, oyster-feasting

“Above all, though, it’s the lingering memory of small, quiet moments that keep calling me back to the magical, mysterious Essex shore.”

The guide is available free of charge by emailing or from any Essex Tourist Information Centre.

It can also be downloaded from



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